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Music / Estelle

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She's not your substitute lover.

Estelle Fanta Swaray (Born January, 18, 1980) is a British singer, songwriter, actor and rapper. Her best known song is her Kanye West duet "American Boy", which reached platinum in several countries. As of 2013, she is also well-known for her role as Garnet on Steven Universe.

Album Discography

  • The 18th Day (2004)
  • Shine (2008)
  • All of Me (2011)
  • True Romance (2015)
  • Lovers Rock (2018)

Tropes associated with Estelle's music include:

  • Broken Record: The intro to "Freak" repeats the phrase "I can be a freak" 12 times.
  • Either/Or Title: "Wait a Minute (Just a Touch)", "Pretty Please (Love Me)", "International (Serious)", "Something Good / Devotion (Passion Interlude)", "Make Her Say (Beat It Up)", and "Time Share (Suite 509)".
  • Epic Rocking: "Maybe" (5:45), "Hey Girl" (6:15), "Freedom" (5:08), and "Something Good / Devotion (Passion Interlude)" (6:10).
  • Nostalgia Filter: Estelle reminisces about her childhood in "1980", though the lyrics are a lot less idealized than most songs of this nature. For example, she mentions having family members going in and out of prison daily, and a man downstairs being dead for three weeks when his cat started to eat him.
  • One-Word Title: "Free", "Freak", and "Better".
  • Only One Name: She's almost always referred to only by her first name.
  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: "Dance Bitch".
  • Title by Number: "1980".
  • Title Track: Shine is the only album with one.