Rosie Lowe - Control: Only going to draw more admirers
Devon knows she was miserable once.
But Rosie Lowe, brought up near the hippie-chic town of Totnes and evidently no stranger to heartbreak, should soon have every cause to celebrate Control, her surefooted debut album.
Elton John loves it, Adele's influential co-writer Paul Hepworth is her label boss, and this album is only going to draw more admirers.
Goldsmiths graduate Lowe pours relationship rumination into her songwriting, whether taking a procrastinating partner to task on the opening Run Run Run, castigating a pal's boyfriend ("You follow your love, but he's not worth fighting for") on Nicole, or diving into her own psyche and splashing up regret on Right Thing.
Lowe was raised on classic jazz and soul, and Control harnesses both genres, its modern and minimalist electro production bearing the fingerprints of an artist in touch with lessons from generations past. Lowe's versatile voice soars, it quivers, and it consistently convinces.
Hers is a timbre that permits comparisons to Sade and Jessie Ware, and with the cutting, slow-building ballad Woman she delivers perhaps Control's masterpiece.
Frankly, it makes her look like a natural.