As its name very much gives away, ‘Be Right Back’ is a stop-gap of sorts for Jorja Smith; a follow-up to 2019 debut ‘Lost & Found’, yes, but in place of the kind of grand statement one might expect from a BRIT-winning, Mercury-shortlisted and Grammy-nominated artist, is a snapshot of where the West Midlands singer is right now. It’s a record of two halves; the former a collection of evocative vignettes, the latter a vehicle for her impressive vocal. And while the latter does have its moments - closer ‘Weekend’ is the kind of sprawling epic that brings to mind earlier Jessie Ware - it’s in the first half, shorn of any jazzy accompaniment, that ‘Be Right Back’ is truly interesting. The trip hop-like ‘Addicted’, R&B jam ‘Gone’ and the glitchy Shaybo-featuring ‘Bussdown’ allowing the same personality that made early cut ‘Blue Lights’ so compelling to come to the fore.
As featured in the May 2021 issue of DIY, out now. Scroll down to get your copy.
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