Katy B is officially a proper popstar, coming off her big debut album ‘On a Mission’ which made her a household name and one of the UK’s biggest, best new talents, something she sees determined to fully cement with pretty fantastic second album ‘Little Red’ (which has to be a reference to her hair).
Katy’s sound hasn’t much changed as evolved – she’s taking more chances here with several fantastic ballads taking prominence; lead single ‘Crying For No Reason’ is a brilliant electro-ballad standout, Jessie Ware duet ‘Aailyah’ is chilled out and enjoyable; and ‘Tumbling Down’ which is a midtempo, cool little number.
There are also plenty of Katy’s catchy, upbeat and dramatic cuts with ‘Next Thing’ working as a catchy opener, ‘Everything’ as a house music/90s-vibed tune and a half, and future summer single (because it has to be, right?) ‘Hot Like Fire’ is a vibrant, sunny club tune that will have fans flocking and strutting their stuff like nobody’s business.
There’s also an unfortunate share of filler that pads a lot of the album – ‘I Like You’, ‘Sapphire Blue’, ‘Stay Down’ – but the big ballads on the album (such as the stadium-sized ‘Still’ and ‘Emotions) more than make up for the shortcomings of ‘Little Red’ and make this a great grime-pop album brimming with talent and promise.
Check out current single ‘Crying For No Reason’ below. ‘Little Red’ is out 10th February 2014.