Album: Florence Rawlings, A Fool in Love (Dramatico)

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Discovered by Mike Batt at 13 but, after a wise decision to finish school, only now releasing her debut album, Florence Rawlings is the latest product of the pop mind who gave the world Katie Melua.

But where that artist is all front-room folky, Rawlings, now 21, is full-on post-Duffy "soul", with the kind of smoky voice to put pound signs in the eyes of X Factor judges. A Fool in Love – a mixture of covers and Batt compositions – is timeless, but only in the sense that it could have been made any time over the past 50 years.