Dua Lipa, Dua Lipa – review: ‘The slick sound of a ready-made megastar’
Dua Lipa’s self-titled debut arrives accompanied by more buzz than beehive.
The 21-year-old, born in London to Kosovar Albanian parents, features highly in all the year’s next-big-thing lists — and it’s easy to see why.
From the first few bars of Genesis, the album’s slick R ’n’ B opener, she sounds a ready-made megastar.
Her rock voice, genre-hopping tendencies and dazzling looks cast her as the natural successor to Nelly Furtado.
Lost In Your Light sees her trade soulful vocals with Miguel, while Be The One builds to an irresistible chorus over Eighties-indebted grooves.
IDGAF (that’s shorthand for I Don’t Give A F***) shows her edgier side, although Garden veers into Eurovision-style melodrama and Blow Your Mind (Mwah) is irritating in the extreme.
For the most part, though, this is high-quality stuff from an artist headed for the biggest of things.