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Saturday 20 December 2014

Beverley Knight-100%(Hurricane Records)

Since she emerged from Wolverhampton 15 years ago, Beverley Knight has rightfully earned herself a respectable reputation for her voice.





At once vintage-Atlantic-Soul-sounding yet defiantly British, her nickname as the UK's Queen Of Soul couldn't be more apt.

Despite this, and her perennial guest spots with Jools Holland's Rhythm And Blues Orchestra, she's never really had the material her vocal talent should have.

On this, her sixth studio album, that hasn't changed.

Despite having the connections to secure guest spots from Robin Gibb and Chaka Khan, 100% never really gets going.

But then, 60% was never going to fly as an album title, was it?

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