The gorgeous Javine was one of six finalists in the British Idols - The Rivals, but she was not selected by vote to join the girl band made up of the top five contestants. Her talent was noticed by record companies, and after receiving various offers, she signed to Atomic Kitten's label, Innocent records.
The good news is she's not just another cover artist money spinner made briefly famous by the entertainment cesspool of reality TV.
Javine performs with gusto, belting out song after song in a deep, smooth voice. She also writes some of the music.
Yes, there's a bit of the usual forgettable R&B filler schmaltz, but most of the Surrender is worth hearing, and some of it's above average pop. The opening "Real Things" races along - a self affirming and energetic hit. "Millions" mixes soul and party pop into a singable, slick jam.
Javine's not going to turn the world of R&B around. She's no Jill Scott or Alicia Keys. But she's got a powerful sexy energy, a nice warm voice, and something much more important: actual talent, solidly backed by lush, glossy modern soul production.
- Jean Barker
WHAT OTHER CRITICS SAID:...you get the idea that people have spent time on this collection and not been prepared to throw something out to cash in quickly. It might sound Spice Girlsy in places but then again their debut still stands up today because of the quality of the songs.- Colette Bridge for BBC Nottingham
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