FLEUR EAST

Love, Sax and Flash­backs Syco ★★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - LAU­REN MUR­PHY

I know what you’re think­ing: an X Fac­tor con­tes­tant who’s made some­thing ac­tu­ally worth lis­ten­ing to? A pup­pet from Si­mon Cow­ell’s pop fac­tory has come good? Be­lieve it or not, Fleur East – last year’s run­ner-up – is that per­son. The Lon­doner’s de­but al­bum is a sassy, funky, brass-in­fused col­lec­tion that is equal parts nostal­gia trip and sugar rush. Break­fast plays like an En Vogue num­ber, More & More like a Whit­ney Hous­ton trib­ute, while the fin­ger­prints of Nile Rodgers are all over the ‘70s disco vibe of Over Get­ting Over and Paris. There’s a con­tem­po­rary twist on Like That, too, a song that would give Bey­once a run for her money. Is it orig­i­nal? Not par­tic­u­larly. Is it good, qual­ity fun? You bet. Fleur-east.com.

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