Too many cooks mar debut by backing vocalist turned singer-songwriter

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Lucie Silvas – Breathe In

Clearly conceived as Britain’s answer to Christina Aguilera and Avril Lavigne, the 24-year-old Lucie Silvas has an impressive vocal range and a veritable committee to help out with the songs, many of which find up to five names sharing the royalties. Perhaps that’s the problem, for the smell of formula is stronger here than in a chemistry lab. No coincidence that the best moments come on the stark piano ballad “Forget Me Not” and the simple and affecting “The Longer We’re Apart”, both written by Silvas with just a single collaborator.