A glance at the production credits suggests that she is a woman of her word. Greg Kurstin's (Kylie, Lily Allen) hectic electro opener 'Revolution' would easily turn heads, while the Calvin Harris-helmed 'Off & On' screams to be danced to, albeit in a laid-back and ladylike manner. Combined with ballsy singles 'Bittersweet' and 'Heartbreak', produced by the Freemasons, and Europe-only release 'Not Giving Up on Love' - a club-thumping collaboration with superstar DJ Armin van Buuren - and a spectacle is undoubtedly created, even if it's without Sophie at the helm. That said, the album's calmer back-end is where she shines best, with wistful pop-ballads 'Starlight' and 'Synchronised' proving that she is more than capable of handling the centre stage if she so chooses. It might be a scene of two halves, but there's no shortage of elegance, class and pop sensibilities throughout.
Tracks to download: 'Revolution', 'Bittersweet', 'Off & On', 'Starlight', 'Synchronised'
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Listen to 'Starlight' by Sophie Ellis-Bextor below: