Irish-born singer's impressive solo debut

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Cathy Davey – Something Ilk

After singing on Elbow’s second album last year, Cathy Davey’s first solo album teams her with Elbow/Blur producer Ben Hillier, who avoids presenting her as just another female singer-songwriter. Rather, he’s cut an adventurous rock record with obvious parallels to both Think Tank and Cast Of Thousands. It’s a setting perfectly suited to Davey’s barbed lyrics and unusual voice, which veers from the Amy Winehouse-style “Swing It”to the girlish Avril Lavigne-like “Come Over”, via an obvious Kate Bush influence.