Emeli Sande - Our Version Of Events (4 stars)

Powerful, sophisticated and smart mix of stripped down, acoustic songs

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Emili Sande - Our Version Of Events

(Virgin)

Just imagine it, Adele and Emeli Sandé down the pub, putting the world to rights over copious pints. Men? Screw ’em. Hype? Whatever. But the main reason they’d make great gal pals is because they’ve both worked out ways to channel their heartbreak and transform it into pop music that’s actually real and actually connects with people. And on the back of Sandé’s stunning debut, the bequiffed Aberdeenshire singer-songwriter is well on the way to becoming the breakthrough act of 2012 ie this year’s Adele. See, lots to talk about.

Sandé’s already proved she can pen hits for a plethora of massive acts including Tinie Tempah, Susan Boyle and Cheryl Cole. But Our Version Of Events confirms that not only can she come up with a beautiful tune, but she can convince as an exciting artist in her own right. Her influences – Frida Kahlo, Jacqueline du Pré, Nina Simone, Sylvia Plath, Björk and Alicia Keys – have inspired a smart mix of stripped down, acoustic guitar and piano-led songs that really allow Sandé’s voice to soar (‘Clown’, ‘Maybe’ and ‘River’), big beat driven soul ballads and, perhaps most effective, the dramatic stirring strings and pounding chords of anthems like ‘My Kind Of Love’, ‘Next To Me’, ‘Daddy’ and ‘Heaven’. This is powerful, sophisticated music with such emotional depth that even the most hard hearted will find themselves ensnared by Sandé’s charms.

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