About Last Night (Polydor)
Half a decade after her breakthrough single Finders Keepers, you can understand why English-Swedish singer Mabel asked her followers, “Allow me to reintroduce myself,” before she released About Last Night’s lead single, Let Them Know. After a clutch of hit singles over the last five years, this is only her second album proper – and it’s an album that works hard to establish Mabel as a major new force in British pop.
There’s even a concept, complete with introduction and an interlude, centred around the loose idea of going out-out for a night, meeting a man and… well, you can guess the rest. But there’s little here to set Mabel apart from the likes of Charli XCX or raise her to the Dua Lipa-like level she’s aiming for. It’s not until the album closer that Mabel sounds fresh and individual – LOL, a worth-the-wait kiss-off for a night you’d rather forget.
words JOHN-PAUL DAVIES
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