I Do Care: Review of ‘Only Human’ by Cheryl

Hey Sand Stars

In case you were unaware, I’m a HUGE Cheryl (previously Cole, currently Fernandez-Versini) fan. Firstly, she is super gorgeous and I want to be her when I grow up 😉 Mostly, though, I love the fact that she comes across as the girl next door. And her music is very light, easy listening. As a musician, I like listening to frothy pop to relax because any other music requires the musician in me to go into work mode (i.e.: ‘ooo, I could work a beat like that’ or ‘ooo, I love how the melody line flows from here to there’).

I must be honest though. Cheryl’s new album ‘Only Human’ found me rather underwhelmed 😦 I wonder if it’s due to her professional split from Will.I.Am but I found the production to be lacking in clarity. It has an urban, R&B feel; has pop influences and goes into electro at some points too, but I feel there was no real balance between genres. The album in its entirety could have been so much better; even though commercially it’s doing really well (very happy for her for that 🙂 )

There are a few good tracks though. I love the Lana-Del-Rey-esque title track ‘Only Human’ (the melody somehow reminds me of ‘Summertime Sadness’) and the anthemic ‘Fight On.’ I also find myself bopping along to ‘Crazy, Stupid Love’ and even ‘I Don’t Care’, however (regarding the latter) I am baffled at the reason for cussing during such a saccharine pop song…

In conclusion, if you’re looking for an album that is musical poetry, with seamless musical production and incredible vocals: this is not for you. Cheryl has admitted that she is not the strongest singer, but she loves entertaining people.

I just wish there were more tracks on the album that were entertaining, as on her previous records!

Nevertheless I wish Chezza all the best!


Live, Love & Laugh ‘Littlepianodiva’ Style



The cover of the album 'Only Human' (Polypro Records).

The cover of the album ‘Only Human’ (Polydor Records).

Me performing a clip of Cheryl’s ‘Parachute’ off her album ‘3 Words’.


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