Rae Morris is surely set for a busy year. She may have been overlooked by the judges in the BBC’s Sound of 2015 poll last week but her debut album showcases a precocious young talent in no need of hype.
Unguarded is such a hugely accomplished record that it’s hard to believe it’s the work of a 21-year-old – albeit one helped along by Haim producer Ariel Rechtshaid.
After a low-key start, with opener Skin and recent single Under The Shadows promising a worthy but slightly dull collection of trip-hoppy modern pop, the Blackpool-born singer slips into a higher gear.
Closer, Love Again and Cold are simply outstanding, quietly euphoric pop dance tunes which snake their way into the synapses – but it’s on the pleading ballads where she truly excels.
This Time and Not Knowing suggest a more commercially minded Kate Bush and show off Morris’ expressive voice, which communicates pain and longing better than any number of outstanding lyricists.
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By Andrew Greenhalgh