Southampton born and remarkably gifted twenty-five year old Louisa Allen otherwise known as musical act Foxes has brought us Glorious, a record complete with heart provoking lyricism, an intriguing fusion of indie and pop fundamentals and more notably a hard-wearing yet intensely exquisite vocal to lead us through each track.

From the get-go, opener ‘Talking to Ghosts’ provides a promising lead to the album with the expectancy of it to fall somewhere between a mingling of Chvrches, Florence & The Machine and Ellie Goulding.

Celestially jaunty and energetic singles, ‘Let Go For Tonight,’ ‘Holding Onto Heaven’ and the euphoric ‘Youth’ protrude as contenders for some of the brightest songs for this summer.

One of the main highlights of Glorious is undeniably Foxes magnificent vocals and those alone guarantee this record will be unforgettable. Her authentic talent excels the most in softer, serene piano-based songs such as ‘Night Glo’ and ‘Count The Saints’ as they’re led by nothing other than her strong vocals and heart-rending lyricism as she repeatedly passionately croons, “Love isn’t always fair, but that’s no reason to be so cruel to me.”

Although, the dance vibe is not all gone as ‘Night Owls Early Birds’ fits snugly into a melancholy nineties vibe, with a despondent build up fitted with inklings of moodiness inevitably leading to an elevating chorus. Glorious takes us further back in time as the buoyant vibe backed up by echoing vocals, apposite reverb and synth volumes layered on top of a Kate Bush-like backdrop in ‘Shaking Heads’ provides a sliver of eighties wistfulness.

Set to the premises of being youthful, idle and socially awkward, telling fables of forgotten evenings and fruitless days and the eccentricities of love and lust it would appear that Glorious was generated to be indulged by an unambiguously narrow audience – a soundtrack dedicated to the profligacy of growing up, exhibiting a disposable income whilst the world materializes itself as your oyster. Even if the scenario itself doesn’t seem too usual, the record fits perfectly as a summer soundtrack, whether you’ve just left education, handed in work or you’re just scared of becoming an actual adult, this coming-of-age record will succeed to find a fleeting abode in your heart.

Sarah El-saeidy

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