Album: Jo Hamilton, Gown, (Poseidon music)

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Hamilton is that rare thing: a female pop act who is neither electro-pop poppet nor the sort of artist you simply can't write about without using the word "kooky".

Hamilton's debut is the sort of record that will spread purely by word of mouth: think Annie Lennox produced by Peter Gabriel. It's adult, but never pretentious, slick, but never sickly. In a world of La Roux, Lady Gaga, Little Boots and all, Hamilton is an artist who dares to step out of the boxes we have reserved for our female singer-songwriters.