Griff – vertigo

A long-awaited debut that contains real depth...

Griff’s debut album has been a long time coming. Three years after her breakout mixtape, ‘vertigo’ finally grants her a broader palette to paint with, the alt-pop heroine delivering a vivid portrait of an artist in evolution.

It’s a bold move to open with the title track, but the assurance of ‘vertigo’ answers any residual doubts fans may have had. ‘Miss Me Too’ dares to explore lost confidence, while the sombre reflection of ‘Into The Walls’ is undeniably affecting.

A song cycle of profound subtlety, the album finds room for the piano-led torch song ‘Astronaut’, and the pointedly pop-centric exercise ‘Anything’, somehow encompassing these differing directions (and more) across its span. Closing with ‘Hole In My Pocket’, this is a pop album with built-in replay value, a work of real depth.

8/10

Words: Robin Murray

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