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3 stars

Rita Ora failed to replace Rihanna and cleared the way for Zara Larsson.

Many thought that the Swedish singer’s global hit, Lush Life, was, and could have been, Rihanna.

That must have been the assignment for Larsson’s second album – Rih-heated modern pop designed to sound like everything on the radio now.

That said, the played out trop house sound (the pop blueprint since Major Lazer’s Lean On two years ago) is widespread.

I Would Like is recognizable enough to be an instant hit, and TG4M follows the modern day rule of optimized vocals in the choir – this time chipmunk effects.

Ed Sheeran was co-author
Don’t let me be yours, but the novel chorus of what sounds like a vuvuzela is there
Chances with the (strangely familiar) minimal groove.

Larsson cuts out the middleman to work with Rihanna’s producer Stargate on Sundown, which sounds like Rih-Biza.

Fred Ball (who wrote Rihanna’s Love On the Brain) works with hitmaker Julia Michaels for the mighty One Mississippi.

Only you is a welcome distraction; Though its digi-reggae style and Larsson’s diction arguably make it the Rihanna-like moment here, and that’s a tough call. Great powerhouse voice
the choir too.

There is also a Rihanna-style text about I can’t fall in love without you: “Don’t you think so
I give an f — about who you f — are but I hope you can get it up. “

The best cut is the last – the new single Symphony is an intelligent and contemporary collaboration with the British dance crew Clean Bandit. It’s a big clubbanger with zero trop house, but with its signature strings and hooks to burn. And that’s a great Rih-Sult./CAMERON ADAMS

Sounds like: a one-person So Fresh compilation.

In a word: now.

Time to buy, dear readers, so these artists can keep shifting their units and make more art.

So Good




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