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Pop music review: Emeli Sande 'Our Version of Events' (Virgin)
This has been done with varying success. Kate Bush and Kylie Minogue were unable to do it, while Adele and Amy Winehouse seemed to achieve success effortlessly. Sande finds herself in an opportune situation.
Her album, which she co-wrote and produced, showcases classiness comparable with Beyonce with an undercurrent of attitude similar to Rihanna.
When you pair that with her flawless voice and dynamic lyrics, she's virtually unstoppable. It could be argued that she's too similar to already established artists and there is not any room for her to achieve success here. Adele was able to take American Top 40 radio by storm because she had something other American artists lacked.
Sande might not be bringing anything groundbreaking to the music scene. But her debut album is a solid effort that demands your attention from the first track to the final note.
Maybe there isn't a place in American music for Sande, but with her first album, she makes a place for herself.
— Conner Rohwer