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a mainstream - leaning, electro-flecked amalgam of eurythmics, kate bush, fleetwood mac and florence. it's all about the voice. a big, blues belter of a voice, a voice that's lived a little, that knows things, that hints huskily of hidden mysteries. it was the voice that drew people in, when they heard its siren call over myspace, and producers who got in touch asking for guest vocals were always surprised to find that it belonged to a slip of a girl from a large irish family in birmingham. songs on 'light after dark' are inspired by everything from the death of michael jackson ('the last dance') to the magic of childhood ('the happiest pretenders') or the loneliness of her first few months in the capital (the uplifting, gospel-inflected 'break these chains'), these are torch songs for the 21st century, both completely contemporary and utterly timeless.
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