Last we checked in with the odds on the Mercury Prize, Estelle was a long shot at 10:1. Now she’s at 20:1. This is because the odds makers are listening too much to the Kanye-guesting “American Boy” and not enough to the Cee-Lo-guesting “Please Please (Love Me).” While the contempo-pop flavored/Green Card baiting “American Boy” felt sorta canned and standard (I know it was a hit, but that had less to do with the quality and more to do with the Feat. Kanye), Estelle really shines (album title pun) here as an old soul revivalist.

Unfortunately Cee-Lo is not present in this video, but there is a Paris Hilton-type with a toy dog and a producer who looks vaguely like Danger Mouse in a Ramones t-shirt.

Estelle’s Shine is out via Atlantic.

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Comments (6)
  1. great track.

  2. This is a great Estelle track, and if you can’t get enough of Cee-Lo guest appearences, check out Atlanta’s The Constellations, produced by Gnarls Barkley’s Ben H. Allen, great new song featuring Cee-Lo:

    The Constellations feat. Cee-Lo – Love is a Murder

    The Constellations – Perfect Day

    Order The Constellations debut album “Southern Gothic” from Make Records Not Bombs:


  3. Anonynmous  |   Posted on Aug 19th, 2008 0

    Yes. Great track. And don’t ask me why I know this, but I am pretty sure that that Paris Hitlon type chick you speak of with the dog, is Aubrey O’Day of Danity Kane.

  4. Sean Jean  |   Posted on Aug 19th, 2008 0

    Great song, and so is American Boy. Very good album.

  5. Yes, Estelle’s album is awesome, but no need to diss American Boy. Really….it’s a great song and a popular one not because of Kanye (although his verse is decent), but because of the great production by WILL.I.AM. And the tempo—its right about 125bpm—-perfect for the height of dancefloor madness.

    DJ Sunshine

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