Billie Myers - Growing, Pains (Universal) With a record as good as this, starting out in public can rarely have been so painless. The anguish foretold in the title is there: the jagged lyrics of Myers' debut concern rejection, separation, paranoia and other such cheery aspects of relationships, some borne of her anguish growing up as a foster child. But that does not mean Growing, Pains is an indulgent sob-fest. Myers' soulful voice combines the best of Tasmin Archer, Tanita Tikaram and Tracy Chapman, with the aggression of Meredith Brooks. Vocally, she is a deadringer for rock goddess Chrissie Hynde of The Pretenders. Myers draws on soul, blues-rock, dance-pop and formidable cohorts, including drummer Kenny Aronoff and producer Desmond Child. Such support probably made the occasional experiment easy, and the result is tracks like the Middle Eastern-influenced Tell Me. At 27, Myers, Jamaican-English, seems to have come out of nowhere (Florida actually, where she's now based). In fact, it took 18 months to score a hit, with startling album-opener Kiss the Rain. A storm of success is now likely.