Album: Clare Maguire, Light After Dark (Polydor)

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).

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