Album: Karima Francis, The Remedy (Vertigo)

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The Independent Culture

In 2008 that arbiter of popular culture the Daily Mail called Francis "the next big thing". What followed was a debut album that didn't quite deliver and nine months in a hospital bed with anorexia.

The Remedy marks the Blackpool-born singer-songwriter's return. And – with a voice like Joan Armatrading and songs worthy of Brandi Carlile – a very welcome return it is too. Her talent and pain are equally raw and equally audible.