AFTER a long- run of sensational female neosoul singers, Britain delivers a talented, soulful bloke. John Newman has got talent to burn. He draws from the worlds of old- school soul, funk and R& B, recalling a golden era but updating it with his own modern swing and attitude, an occasional house piano loop or a breakbeat rhythm section. The 23- year- old Yorkshireman has a powerful, lived- in, raspy tone, it’s his most appealing feature. Love Me Again is his smash- hit single and it is a blast with his croons about forgiveness. The rousing Northern Soul fl ow of Cheating with its big beats and brass also sounds like a hit. Newman delivers a gospel workout in Loosing Sleep, a disco journey with Try and touches on the diffi culties of the heart on Easy. Out of My Head is a candid piano ballad about alcoholism. It’s a genuine tear- jerker. This is the best example of his top- quality songwriting. However, a quibble: by the time you hit the album’s last third, things start to feel a bit one- trick wonder. Twenty seconds into a song you can predict what will happen even if you’ve never heard it before. Not ideal. But he is young and talented and if he takes up the challenge to experiment a little more on the next album, well, the sky is the limit.