Album: Clare Maguire, Light After Dark (Polydor)

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When people use the word "siren" to describe Clare Maguire, it's unclear whether the sense is mythological or industrial, such is the strength of the 23-year-old Brummie's deep, window-shatteringly powerful voice.

Her Lennox-meets-Tyler, or Welch-meets-Tunstall lungs boom out across a Heart FM-friendly pop-rock sound which sometimes attains a sweeping Stevie Nicks drama but often merely reaches Dido level (right down to lyrical metaphors involving white flags).