English songstress Sophie Ellis-Bextor has moonwalked out of the nightclub and into a swanky piano lounge with her upcoming LP Wanderlust, which sees her abandoning the dance-pop sound of her first four albums in lieu of a sound that’s classic, simple and elegant. (With most artists, that’s code for “boring,” but Ellis-Bextor just has one of those magical voices that’s impossible to dismiss.)
Her album trailer featured snippets of several upcoming songs, including lead single “Young Blood,” which she previewed in demo form last month. Now she’s unveiled the song in full, and it’s just as gorgeous as the demo promised: a sweet, timeless piano ballad with strings and gorgeous choral harmonies on the bridge. The tremble in her voice on the chorus is chill-inducing, and the melody is gently infectious.
While the better-known pop divas are floundering with their releases, this is one we can count on to be great— and it has my anticipation running high for the album’s January 20 release.
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