Zara Larsson — So Good Album Review

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Remarkably, five of the tracks from this record have already been lifted as singles — but that’s not to say anyone purchasing the album is getting short changed, as there are 15 tracks. The opening ‘What They Say’ is mellow and mid-tempo, before irresistible summer anthem ‘Lush Life’ provides the first indication that Larsson’s hype has some justification. Along with the sassy ‘Ain’t My Fault’ (on which she proves a competent rapper), the songstress produces the kind of crossover quality that makes fans of other genres take note. They’re not quite of the ubiquitous quality of a ‘Poker Face’ or ‘Umbrella’, but they’re not far off.

Where Larsson also excel is in her choice of collaboration.  ‘Never Forget You’ employs the soulful talent of MNEK for a slick duet, while working with Clean Bandit is currently about as close to guaranteeing a hit as you can get. The result here is the dance floor filling ‘Symphony’. This isn’t to say she can’t hold her own — ‘I Would Like’ is house-infused, while the anthemic ‘Sundown’ would arguably work better without the vocals of Wizkid. What holds this back from being a stunning pop album is the slower numbers, but when the energy is lifted, Larsson is undeniably infectious.

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