As an album, Gratitude is a sprawling affair, spanning two discs – in its physical iteration – and running to nearly an hour and a half, and features more guest artists than a tickle me Elmo can giggle at. Music royalty Beyoncé and Jay-Z lend their presence to lead single Shining, which is a catchy little number carried on the back of Beyoncé’s vocal versatility. Khaled melds a straightforward beat with Latin guitar – and a sample of Carlos Santana’s Maria Maria – on Wild Thoughts, with vocals provided by Rihanna and Bryson Tiller. If the vocals were better interwoven and integrated with each other the track may well have been a standout.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 9th July 2017. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.