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Stooshe: 'London With The Lights On' - Album review

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Released on Friday, May 24 2013

Stooshe 'London With The Lights On' album artwork
Pre-major label signing, Stooshe were a trio of potty-mouthed girls who sang about their love of one-night stands on the unapologetically-titled 'F**k Me' and the demise of a prostitute on their local estate on 'Betty Woz Gone'. Unsurprisingly, their image has since been reigned in, though the key elements - colourful outfits, feisty personalities and powerhouse vocals - remain firmly intact.

The latter of the two songs is noticeably absent from their debut London With The Lights On, while the former was primped and preened into the radio-friendlier lead single 'Love Me'; a bolshy, soul-tinged singalong courtesy of production duo Future Cut with packed animated ad-libbing that sets the tone for the rest of the LP.

It's a similar story on 'Jimmy', 'Put The Kettle On' and latest single 'Slip', each breathing life into the often over-done throwback Motown sound by blending doo-woppy choruses with spunky sing-speak sections. Without it, one could easily mistake the bouncy reggae riff on 'My Man Music' and girlish lyrics of 'Kiss Chase' as the soundtrack to an under-10s birthday party.

That said, on the ballads Stooshe reveal a welcome softer side. It's best displayed on the finger-snapping ballad 'Black Heart' and deluxe track 'Fly Again', where their beautiful harmonies soar over nothing more than a piano. The result is an impressive debut packed with badass sass and vocal skills to spare.



Tracks to download: 'Slip', 'Black Heart', 'Jimmy', 'Hoochi Mumma'
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Watch the music video for 'Slip' below:

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