The U.K. songwriter's surprisingly engaging debut album has a handful of vocal-powerhouse moments that tend slightly toward gospel, but she's actually at her finest when she backs down into more familiar pop and R&B territory, singing like a nondescript descendent of Rihanna or Beyonce. On these songs the production tends to lead the charge, such that tunes like “Heaven” sound uplifting enough to part the clouds.
Mon., June 4, 9 p.m., 2012
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