A solid but unremarkable pop debut...
'Speak Your Mind'

Though she might be best known for her soulful pop vocals on tracks by Rudimental, Snakehips and most notably Clean Bandit’s ‘Rockabye’, Anne-Marie’s debut album ‘Speak Your Mind’ finally gives the Essex singer the chance to break out as a solo artist.

As you’d expect from the songs released before the album, ‘Speak Your Mind’ is largely based in pop-EDM, as can most clearly be heard on lead single ‘Friends’ with terrifying humanoid sweet Marshmello. Despite the singles leading up to the album pointing to a predictable pop-dance debut, there is thankfully some surprise and depth to the musicality of the rest of the project.

The album opens with ‘Cry’, which with its tribal chanting and flute-heavy instrumental may catch those expecting an album of 12 pop-ready hits off guard. The down-tempo, piano-led ‘Perfect’ is also a refreshing change of pace. Although the tracks’ message of imperfection being perfection is hardly a new concept, Anne-Marie’s vulnerability on the song is enough to make it work.

While not being particularly groundbreaking, ‘Speak Your Mind’ is a solid pop debut from Anne-Marie. The highlights on this project are the glimpses of musical experimentation, but unfortunately the album doesn’t have enough of these to really shine.

6/10

Words: Will Rosebury

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