Debut album from well-travelled British singer-songwriter

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Kate Aumonier – Here I Am

What a relief to find a female songstress not being marketed as the new Katie Melua or Eva Cassidy. Kate Aumonier has a sharper focus, assisted by the fact that she’s served her time in the business, including singing backing vocals on Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt’s 1999 album, Western Wall: The Tucson Sessions. Her songs are confessional and full of sharp observations on the mating game (“I just fell for Mr Wrong, isn’t that amusing?”), and there’s no disputing the appeal of her voice. Sadly, the album’s anonymous, identikit rock production lets her down.