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Public Warning

She’s as potty-mouthed as Peaches and boasts the Streets smarts of Mike Skinner – she is Lady Sovereign and on Public Warning she’s chavin’ it large.

Rating: 4 / 5

Francis Jones, 12 Feb 2007



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Rating: 4 / 5
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