- 14 May 18
Solid if repetitive debut from Hot Press pop pick.
One of several pop sensations initially championed by Hot Press – hello also to Dua Lipa – Anne-Marie has taken her time delivering a debut album. That might be considered a surprise given the straight to the point, high-kicking persona the Essex native has cultivated (she’s a karate black belt).
The delay was caused, she has stated, by her desire to deliver a record that represented who she truly was – not what sundry producers and songwriting collaborators thought she represented. Her stance has been justified on a project which builds on the potential of early hits ‘Alarm’ and ‘Ciao Adios’, as well as her contributions to Rudimental.
One immediate stand-out is ‘2002’, written in conjunction with – well, who else? – ginger pop titan Ed Sheeran, while it’s encouraging to hear her venturing out on a limb on the crashing, dubstep informed ‘Bad Girlfriend’.