Amanda Blank
I Love You


2.5
average

Review

by Dylan S. USER (68 Reviews)
November 1st, 2009 | 11 replies | 3,332 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Average is the only word to describe the debut album of Amanda Blank

Amanda Mallory, a young and feisty rapper known for her numerous collaborations with electronic artists like M.I.A and Santigold is a hot new thing in the underground electro-rap scene. In 2009 Mallory went to work at creating her own album, to be named, I Love You. Electro-rap is such a touchy genera in the sense that it comes down to being either really good, or really awful in most scenarios. I Love You could be considered a rarity in that case being that it lands right in the middle being downright average. Some songs are catchy and fun, while others leave the listener just as Mallory’s stage name would suggest…blank.

Beginning with the fast opener Make It Take It consists of multiple layers of vocals that tend to flow well until midway into the song when it sounds more like a jumbled mess of speaking the lines, “I’m a make it take girl”. Not consisting of much more lines than that the song is fairly boring with her drab vocals that sound like she recorded the song half awake, Make It Take It is not the best introduction to what Mallory can do. Something Bigger, Something Better is much better quality than the first, but features no singing, just rapping. The beat is simple and clean flowing well with the rapping, that is done fairly well, but still not top notch. Following is the incredibly horrendous song, Make-Up. Easily the worst song on I Love You, Make-Up has no real substance to it. The vocals, neither rapping nor singing, are more like a narration of a girl getting ready in the morning set to a beat.

After breaking away from the weakness of Make-Up, the following track Gimme What You Got is the most high energy song on the album. The rapping is very strong, the song is extremely fun and catchy with the lines, “hottest mother***er on the whole damn block” repeated numerous times. The biggest difference between Gimme What You Got and the rest of the songs is that its recorded with quality, and is the only track thus far into the album that could be taken seriously. Departing from the rapping for a track the album continues to the song Shame On Me, another strong track with a straightforward beat, focusing more on vocals than anything else. This is the first song that really shows off Mallory’s singing, and overall is average, but still listenable.

Mixing romantic lyrics with rapping creates Mallory’s A Love Song. The track could be great but unfortunately is not. The rapping is the best it can be on this album but in the background, there is a repeated high vocal singing “oh” every two seconds in the song making it very annoying and distracting from what the song is trying to say, which really much is not to begin with.

The only thing on this album that could really be considered “great” is the track, Might Like You Better, an unbearably catchy rap song, with layers upon layers of vocals, some low pitched, others high pitched overall equaling out to a very entertaining song. While good, Might Like You Better cannot save this album for it has already dived too deep into a pit of sheer average beats, singing, and rapping. Good for maybe one listen or two, I Love You will not be the next big thing in the clubs, and if Amanda Blank continues making albums like this, neither will she.



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dylantheairplane
November 1st 2009



2165 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I'm not going to lie to myself, this review is a little bland. Much like the album though.

DiceMan
November 1st 2009



7068 Comments


album cover is uggo

dylantheairplane
November 1st 2009



2165 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It's very uncreative

DiceMan
November 1st 2009



7068 Comments


she looks like an ugly Miley Cyrus. Cover reminds me of Adam Lambert.

Bulldog
November 1st 2009



3796 Comments


Why is she even under the hip hop section? She should be under pop. Sounds a bit like Fergie to me.

dylantheairplane
November 1st 2009



2165 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I don't know, this has pop songs on it, but certain tracks could defiantly be considered hip hop I think

Bulldog
November 2nd 2009



3796 Comments


If some of it's pop, it's not true hip hop.

dylantheairplane
November 2nd 2009



2165 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I see what your saying but oh well...I don't classify the albums

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
April 30th 2010



28388 Comments


i just saw pics of this chick and she;s super hot. is the music that bad?

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dylantheairplane
May 15th 2010



2165 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

It's not horrible. I still go back to this album sometimes if I'm looking for something ridiculously fun and catchy. Gimme What You Got and Might Like You Better are both very satisfactory.

omnipanzer
September 21st 2010



21442 Comments


With the exception of some minor nit picking I mostly agree with the review. I think I liked it just a tad more at a 3/5. the more rap based songs like "Let Me Get Some" (not listed in the review) are quite entertaining. I was looking forward to this album because of Spank Rock's "Bump" and it didn't deliver. I don't know if I'll still be listening to this album 6 months from now but for the moment I appreciate it... some. The album cover is a throw back because she is also a visual artist heavily influenced by eighty's art and design and in that I think it has served it's purpose.

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