Against All Odds (N-Dubz album)

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Against All Odds
Studio album by N-Dubz
Released 13 November 2009
Recorded 2008–2009
Genre Hip hop, grime, R&B
Length 44:23
Label All Around the World
Producer Richard Rawson, Dino Contostavlos
N-Dubz chronology
Uncle B
(2008)
Against All Odds
(2009)
Love.Live.Life
(2010)
Singles from Against All Odds
  1. "I Need You"
    Released: 9 November 2009
  2. "Playing with Fire"
    Released: 18 January 2010
  3. "Say It's Over"
    Released: 19 April 2010

Against All Odds is the second studio album by N-Dubz. It was released in Ireland on 13 November 2009 and was released on 16 November 2009 in the UK.[1]

Background[edit]

Following the release of Uncle B, Tulisa told the Daily Star: "We have just taken a quick break. We're having fun since our return to the studio, and the album is sounding good." She revealed that the group have adopted unusual work patterns while making the new record: "We normally work till 5am - I come alive at midnight, like a vampire."[2] She added that the group had recorded a song called "Shoulda Put Something On", a track about teenage pregnancy, for the album. "It is about a young couple arguing whether to keep their unplanned baby. It's not something any of us have been through personally. But everyone knows someone who has. The three of us wrote down our different perspectives and we based the song around that. It's our favourite track on the album."[3] The group were rumoured to be recording a song with Kylie Minogue for the album, after she expressed praise for their debut album Uncle B,[4] however, Tulisa denied the rumours.[5] The group announced that the album would be released on November 16, 2009, before revealing the album title. When covering for Semtex on BBC Radio 1Xtra, Fazer and Tulisa stated that their former manager, Dappy's father (Byron Contostavlos), wanted Against All Odds to be the title of their debut album, but after his death, they changed it to Uncle B in memory of him and so Against All Odds was the title for their second album. They also confirm this in the album booklet. The album includes six different collaborations, including an updated version of the Tinchy Stryder's single "Number 1". Stryder's first verse was kept, but new verses by Tulisa and Fazer were recorded. The album was mixed at The Chairworks in Castleford Yorkshire by Kelvin Avon.[6] The album has sold over 200,000 copies.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[7]
BBC positive [8]
Entertainment.ie 1/5 stars[9]
Guardian 3/5 stars[10]
Digital Spy 4/5 stars[11]
The Times 3/5 stars [12]

The album had received mixed to positive reviews from critics. Entertainment.ie gave the album one star out of five. The review stated, "The problem is that their brand of music is such lowest-common-denominator stuff that it manages to offend even those that it's aimed at through its sheer awfulness. With a debut album ('Uncle B') that went platinum in less than a year, all the trio needed to do was write a quick follow-up to cash in on their popularity, and they’ve done exactly that. There's little creativity involved in these grimy tunes, smothered in layers of synthesized vocals and rapid-fire raps".[9] The Guardian gave it a mainly positive review, although they felt the album was "hardly exploding with originality, and the various references to Facebook, their beef with Swag Blanket and how many records they've sold do date". It finished by saying that "N-Dubz are bound to be inescapable in 2010 – most probably because they will be being blasted out of a mobile phone on the bus".[10] Digital Spy gave the album a solid 4/5 review.

Tracklist[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Against All Odds" (Intro) N-Dubz Fazer, Dappy 0:57
2. "I Need You"   N-Dubz Fazer, Dappy 3:20
3. "Playing with Fire" (featuring Mr Hudson) N-Dubz, Benjamin McIldowie Fazer, Dappy 3:47
4. "Say It's Over"   N-Dubz, Mazer Fazer, Dappy, Mazer 3:44
5. "Na Na" (featuring Wiley) N-Dubz, Wiley, Mazer Fazer, Dappy, Mazer 3:31
6. "Shoulda Put Something On"   N-Dubz Fazer, Dappy 3:35
7. "Duku Man" (featuring Fearless) Dappy, Fearless Fazer, Dappy, Mazer 2:24
8. "I Don't Wanna Go To Sleep"   N-Dubz Fazer, Dappy 3:20
9. "Suck Yourself" (featuring Chipmunk) Dappy, Fazer, Jahmaal Fyffe Fazer, Dappy, Mazer 4:24
10. "No One Knows"   N-Dubz, Gary Barlow Fazer, Dappy 3:23
11. "Number 1" (New Version) (featuring Tinchy Stryder) N-Dubz, Kwasi Danquah Fraser T Smith 3:33
12. "Comfortable"   Tulisa Contostavlos Fazer 4:08
13. "Let Me Be" (featuring Nivo) N-Dubz, Evangelis Klemis Evangelis Klemis 3:39
14. "Against All Odds" (Outro) N-Dubz Fazer, Dappy 0:49

Album booklet[edit]

The group confirmed in an interview that the booklet will include several features along with the album[13] If a buyer logs on the "3D" page of the N-Dubz website and faces the back of the album booklet to their webcam, the trio will appear standing on the booklet and perform "I Need You".[14] The group call the booklet a "N-Dubz magazine", which includes the following:[15]

  • Introduction
  • N-Dubz Glossary
  • Exclusive Interviews
  • Tour Must Haves
  • We Love Our Adidas
  • N-Dubz Look
  • Behind The Scenes ("I Need You" and "Playing With Fire")
  • Thank You's
  • Family Tree
  • Private Picture Gallery
  • Credits
  • Lyrics

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Against All Odds adapted from Allmusic.[16]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Certification(s)
Greek Albums Chart[17] 12
Irish Album Chart[18] 39
UK Album Chart[19] 6 Platinum[20]

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