VV Brown: Travelling Like the Light (2 stars)

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VV Brown: Travelling Like the Light

Underneath VV Brown’s forward roll fringe and glossy grin beats a rockabilly heart. Hyped as a ‘girl most likely to’ in 2009, it’s kind of a balloon burster to find her pop’n’roll debut doesn’t match up to her striking, wholesome-hot good looks. (She’s already signed as a Select model.)

Musically, the synth, trumpet and guitar player updates reggae, Phil Spector and doo wop ditties with Super Mario bleeps and punk-lite riffs, but the frantic ‘Monster Mash’ rhymes meets popgeisty Amy Winehouse vocals left this reviewer feeling a wee bit like she’d just sat through a fashion show of the emperor’s new clothes.

(Island)

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