07 December 2010
BEST ALBUMS OF 2010: # 9
9. V.V. Brown - TRAVELLING LIKE THE LIGHT
She was born of Jamaican and Puerto Rican parents and raised in England, and I only mention this as a means to decode her captivating polyglot vocal style, which scans less Joan Armatrading than you’d expect and more Neneh Cherry and Amy Winehouse than frankly you’d ever want. Fortunately, her music’s just as much of a mash-up, mixing and matching rockabilly, contemporary R&B, reggae and good ol' Britpop into a dazzling gestalt. If a touch too quirky to gain the radio airplay of someone like Rhianna, Brown nonetheless suggests a potentially bright pop future. At the very least, she’s a hell of a lot more fun than Katy Perry.
Favorite Tracks: Shark in the Water, Leave!, Bottles