Emeli Sande ‘Our Version of Events' (Virgin)
Emeli Sande made a name for herself long before her album, “Our Version of Events,” was released in the U.S. last week. The Brit Award-winning powerhouse vocalist has already enjoyed critical and popular success in England since her album dropped there in February.
The American release, though long overdue, features a new song not found on the original release, “Wonder,” which has an eclectic, almost tribal arrangement and demonstrates the full power of her voice.
“Our Version of Events” is pretty standard for a pop album. It has power ballads, most notably “Mountains,” which has a haunting effect by combining her voice flawlessly with a somber string arrangement. The album also features more upbeat songs. “Daddy” is a fantastic throwback to R&B all-girl groups of the '90s (think TLC meets Destiny's Child) with a more modern twist.
What sets her album apart is her overall consistency. Her album is not just a collection of potential singles with filler songs. It is cohesive and consistently good from track to track, which is why she's been making strides in the music business in Britain.
Until now she's been a well-kept secret among American British music lovers and music critics. She's doing what every British powerhouse before her has done — testing the waters in America and trying to achieve international success.