Young Foolish Happy (CD) Pixie Lott

PUBLISHED : Friday, 09 December, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Friday, 09 December, 2011, 12:00am


Pixie Lott was seen by many as a gemstone just unearthed when she released her debut album Turn It Up in 2009: a British singer full of potential who would develop into an A-list star once she'd been polished and refined.

So there were high expectations for Young Foolish Happy, her second international album, released last month. Lott describes the album as 'something pop but perhaps a little more soulful'. The songs, written mostly by her, embrace a more R&B style.

But those who liked her debut album will be disappointed by its sequel. The highlights are the three singles, All About Tonight, What Do You Take Me For? and Kiss the Stars. Sadly, the rest of the album is somewhat boring, mainly because the songs lack variety.

Nobody Does It Better and Birthday are decent enough, but Stevie on the Radio and Come Get It Now are mediocre at best. Both focus on the overdone theme of singing and dancing.

Lott proved her talent in singing and producing on her first album. Now she needs to break out of her comfort zone and take some risks, add variety to her songs and create her own sound. To become a star in the music business, she needs to lead a trend rather than follow it. Will the third time be the charm?