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Released: June 2014

Former X Factor contestant Janet Devlin’s debut album, released on June 9th, seems destined to distance the talented Northern-Irish songwriter from other alumni of that particular show. A ten-song collection of folk-rock tunes and ballads that leave particular space for Devlin’s distinctive vocals, this is a real statement of intent from an artist who shouldn’t be categorised alongside other wannabe reality artists.

It was recorded in just six-weeks, mostly written by Devlin herself, and showcases an artist with a wide range of influences from her preferred genre. From upbeat stompalongs that draw on the likes of Mumford & Sons, to the acoustic ballads that reflect Turin Brakes and Imogen Heap, this is the work of a confident songwriter with potential for a bright future.

Particular highlights include Hide and Seek (one of two co-writes with Newton Faulkner), the heartbreaking Things We Lost in the Fire and the brilliantly syncopated Lifeboat – but, truth be told, there’s something about each of these songs that’s worth recommending. Consider us a ‘Devlinator’ (for apparently, that’s what her fans are called…)

★★★★

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