2012 is most definitely London’s year, but it seems to us that it could also be a landmark 12 months for Emeli Sandé. The Scottish singer has already been named as the Critics’ Choice at this year’s Brit awards, following in a long line of success stories including Adele and Jessie J. Having had her debut album on rotation for the past few weeks, I can tell you that award is richly deserved – Our Version Of Events is an album stamped with quality, Sande’s glorious vocal talent soaring throughout…
But it’s not just about the fact that the girl can sing, which is not up for debate. Sandé also wrote the whole shebang too and is apparently Simon Cowell’s favourite current songwriter, having penned tracks for Leona Lewis and Susan Boyle’s latest album. But don’t let that put you off.
Her debut kicks off with our single of last year – the infectious Heaven with its proudly 90s beat. But this album slaloms between styles like Hermann Maier in his pomp, with Sandé equally at home on piano ballad Clown, the slamming Next To Me or the beautiful Mountains. On the tender Breaking The Law she brings to mind Tracy Chapman, while on Hope she echoes Alicia Keys who co-wrote the track with the singer in New York. Getting such backing is a sure sign of her prodigious talent.
Emeli is not her first name – unfortunately for her it’s Adele but after the other one sold a few records, Sandé decided to adopt her middle name – wise move. But like Adele before her, Sandé has crafted a mature, intelligent collection of songs that froth over with emotion and are sung with careful love throughout. Her voice has a depth beyond her years and the album is at once heartbroken and crazy in love. Put simply, this is already a contender for album of the year and we sit back to wait for where Sandé’s year will take her. Onwards and upwards is our guess.