Craig David re-e-winds it back to the Born To Do It era on his sixth studio album, Following My Intuition. Reintroducing UK garage music and solid R&B, Craig is officially back doing what he does best. So which songs are worth listening to and which ones aren’t?
Want to know what the best songs on Following My Intuition are? We rank every single track on Craig’s latest work from worst to first…
18. Sink or Swim
Craig may swim when it comes to several tracks on this album but unfortunately he sinks with this one. Sink or Swim isn’t a bad song, it’s just rather mundane compared to the livelier and catchier hits on the album. Out of all 18 tracks, this is our least favourite.
17. Got It Good – featuring KAYTRANADA
Craig croons over a smooth R&B beat in Got It Good. It’s a cool, decent and listenable tune but you forget about it entirely as soon as it’s over.
16. All We Needed
Vocally, Craig proves that he’s very much still got it in the piano-led ballad, All We Needed. You might find yourself shedding a tear in this one. A heartfelt and sweet song, but overall, a bore.
15. Louder Than Words
Craig sings about heartache and disappointment over a thudding beat and tinkling keys throughout Louder Than Words – a perfect track to sing along to, but not perfect enough to reach higher than 15th position.
14. Like a Fan
Like a Fan is very reminiscent of the Chris Brown hit, Don’t Judge Me – it’s just as smooth and just as mellow but not as memorable.
13. Better With You
Better With You is a beautiful acoustic ballad that could almost be taken for Bieber’s number one hit, Love Yourself. Craig is bound to win fans’ hearts with this sweet serenade. His vocals in this one are far too precious to ignore.
12. Couldn’t Be Mine
This is what we mean when we say Craig David is re-e-winding it back to his Born To Do It days. The singer steps back into his comfort zone in Couldn’t Be Mine. The R&B hit will take you right back to the early noughties, especially when Craig’s signature boink sound is heard.
11. Warm It Up
Is that One Dance we hear? No, it’s Warm It Up by Craig David. We didn’t expect any dancehall to be heard on this album but it’s safe to say, the tropical-inflicted track is pretty enjoyable. It’ll be a fan-favourite in no time.
10. Here With Me
Craig goes for the garage-meets-RnB sound in the fun and upbeat number, Here With Me. It’s always great hearing him do what he does best – and that’s UK two-step. Turn up the volume, Here With Me is a banger.
9. What If
Cited as one of Craig’s personal favourites on the album, What If is undeniably a strong contender amongst its fellow tracks. It’s very Craig and very Born To Do It. In other words, it’s a keeper. What If definitely has a spot on our playlists.
8. No Holding Back – featuring Hardwell
Is this the year 2000? As long as this song’s playing, it sure feels that way! Craig goes all UKG on us in the catchy and feel-good track, No Holding Back. Catch us on the dancefloor, this one’s got us on our feet.
Craig throws it back in 16 – a reworking of his debut single, Fill Me In. Remixed with Bieber’s Where Are U Now and featuring rapid-fire MC’ing, 16 is undoubtedly a standout hit on Following My Intuition.
6. Ain’t Giving Up – with Sigala
Ain’t Giving Up guarantees to have crowds singing along with Craig. Catchy, cheerful and very contemporary, the Sigala- assisted track was the perfect song to end summer 2016 on. This goes down as one of Craig’s best.
5. Don’t Go
What starts off as a slow-jam turns into a drum and bass banger. Don’t Go is one to turn up the volume for.
4. Change My Love
The Craig we all grew to love back in the early noughties returns in the brilliant Change My Love. Blast that R&B out of your speakers – Craig’s signature soulful vocals deserve to be heard.
3. One More Time
Craig gives dedicated fans what they really want to hear in this catchy number – UK garage with conventional MC’ing. One More Time scores highly in our ranking simply because it’s typical and cliche Craig.
2. When the Bassline Drops – with Big Narstie
Craig came back onto the scene and reminded everyone that he still had it with the highly-acclaimed track, When the Bassline Drops. MC’ing and singing alongside Big Narstie, the crooner filled a UKG-shaped hole that was missing from the music industry. Other than the best song on Following My Intuition (seen below), there’s no competing with this track.
1. Nothing Like This – with Blonde
Solid vocals, a bouncy beat and infectious rhythm, Nothing Like This is without a doubt – the BEST song on Craig David’s newest album. The UK garage legend has won everyone over and given us major old school-vibes with the upbeat track. This is the Craig David we’ve missed and boy is he back and better than ever before…
Let’s just say Craig has certainly followed his intuition and earned himself a successful comeback.
Craig David all over your BOINK!