Hollie Cook

Inspired by reggae artists such as Janet Kay and Althea & Donna, Hollie Cook’s debut album could believably come from circa 1980; the ooh-yeah’s in 'Cry (Disco Mix)' even seem to reference classic Junior Murvin track 'Police and Thieves'. Prince Fatty’s production goes for authenticity and Cook (daughter of Sex Pistol, Paul Cook) has a seductive sweet lilt in her voice, never straying into winking Lily Allen territory. With the sound nailed, and despite the occasional male guest rapper or vocalist, it’s a shame then these tracks don't stand out more individually. Still, they number only nine and the album may well bump up a point or two if heard in the sun.

Overall

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