Universal - 62 minutes

So what exactly did Ms Dynamite do to deserve the fawning attention of the British media when she released her debut? Two classic songs ('Dy-na-mit-ee' and 'It Takes More') on an album crammed with filler was hardly the stuff of musical revolution, but you could have been forgiven for mistaking Ms Dynamite for the new Messiah, such was the adulation heaped on the 21-year-old.

Her marketable persona more than compensated for her limited talent, as right-on hacks, struggling to comprehend the sound of British council estates, seized on the unthreatening young lady with the politically correct lyrics. Dynamite (née Niomi McLean-Daley) found herself an overnight success.

So, it is with a sense of crushing inevitability that you discover that her follow-up is a lukewarm, half-baked disappointment.

Soggy R'n'B production, unmemorable songs and an undistinguished vocal performance conspire to sink 'Judgement Day'. R'n'B is a genre that is addicted to the latest trends, but the slick sheen of the newest production styles are noticeable by their absence on this album and the result is dated and uninspired.

The sub-Lauryn Hill sentimentality of songs 'Father' and 'Judgement Day' is distinctly below par. The album perks up a bit when it veers into reggae. 'When I Fall In Love' has a good head-nodding factor and the toasting on 'Self Destruct' works well. The less said about the cover of Bob Marley's 'Redemption Song' the better. Dynamite? More like a damp squib.

Luke McManus

Tracklisting: Judgement Day - Father - Put Your Gun Away - Back Then - Fall In Love Again - Not Today - You Don't Have To Cry - Unbreakable - Pain - Shavaar - Self Destruct - Gotta Let It Go - She Don't Live Here Anymore - Mr Prime Minister - Redemption Song