Estelle

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Lovers Rock

On its face, the fact that Estelle — known best for 2008 hit sin­gle “Amer­i­can Boy” — was re­turn­ing af­ter a three-year lay­off with a reg­gae al­bum feels like nov­elty. But the UK singer’s take on the genre is both gen­uine and mas­ter­ful. Lovers Rock rep­re­sents her fifth al­bum, and through tracks like “So Easy” (fea­tur­ing Luke James), “Sweetly” and “Bet­ter,” the artist clearly has a love for, and un­der­stand­ing of what makes the genre work. Along for the ride are le­git reg­gae stars like Kon­shens (“Re­ally Want”), Tar­rus Ri­ley (“Love

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