If you live in the UK, chances are you won’t have heard of Selah Sue. Which seems silly, given how her pop sound seems like it would do quite well here. A touch of raspy soul, a feature from Childish Gambino, and some airtight production mean that it’s only a matter of time before her second album Reason makes a splash over here.
It’s not that Selah Sue is doing anything groundbreaking, but it’s certainly far away from the Joss Stone school of pop-soul. Each song delivers a pretty solid hook – opener Alone is a funky guitar-flecked introduction, Together skits together nicely with its rap feature – and ballads like Alive and Sadness are delivered with heart and aplomb.
The problem, as always, is that there’s a severe derailment in the latter half of the album, mainly at the insistence of cramming it with five extra songs that don’t really need to be there. Ultimately it dilutes the solid pop impact that Selah Sue could have on Reason, though not enough to override the remaining reasons that still exist to enjoy this record.