Thursday, March 1

Album Of Last Month

Emeli Sandé 'Our Version of Events' (Virgin)

There may only be three good songs on Jessie J's debut album, yet one can't deny she is darn happening. This in itself demonstrates not only that the Brits' prize-for-being-promising isn't all that premature (see under that Adele bird, too), but also that helping write pop ditties for others is a decent nerve tool prior to going it alone. Emeli Sandé, this year's Brit tyro, too has her own hit-writing history; only unlike JJ, her first propa outing is loaded with rhythmic, soul-saving biggies. If anything, there are too many. A few less of the near-Leona Lewis lovesick chanteys but a couple more 'Heaven'-like soiree propellors instead, and this would be one monster debut. That said, it's still pretty grand.

Best Track
'River'