Sonna Rele – “Bring On The Rain”

Dance, House, Pop, UK Asian

Score: 7.4

On the previous review of her recent effort (“Brand New Day”) we firmly established that Sonna Rele is an artist with a big voice, talent, style, looks… The whole package. However, she couldn’t control her vocals, and confused melisma for genuine soul (a mistake many young singers make). On her previous number, the dance-pop anthem “Bring On The Rain” (which was released in May), she fares considerably better. In fact, the only real complaint is that the instrumental is a straight rip of Rihanna’s “Only Girl in the World” – but even that is somewhat forgivable. Otherwise, her vocals are much more restrained, and the chorus is simply indelible. It’s a great stab at a very current radio sound, and in the video she looks so much like Leona Lewis that you’d be forgiven for wondering if you clicked on the wrong page. That this would comfortably fit on Lewis’ album is a genuine compliment, and Rele can be proud. It might seem straightforward, but it’s a deceptively tricky track to pull off, and she’s done it with real professionalism.

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