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Album: Alice Gold, Seven Rainbows (Fiction)

The latest of Britain's bumper crop of soulful female singers, Alice Gold thinks of herself as a "guitar-wielding girl", which suggests the UK's equivalent of Shelby Lynne or Lucinda Williams.

And when she's riding the rugged funk shuffle of "And You'll Be There" or offering the smouldering Southern Soul entreaty "Conversations of Love", that seems a distinct possibility, though the husky charm of her delivery more closely recalls 1960s folkie Melanie. But the ponderous rocker "How Long Can These Streets Be Empty?" shows up the limitations of a voice better suited to pop and soul, something confirmed by the engaging 60s Europop stylings of "Runaway Love", the gap-year fantasy romance that somehow failed to make her a household name when it was released earlier this year.

DOWNLOAD THIS: Runaway Love; And You'll Be There; Conversations of Love; Cry Cry Cry