With the exception of Lana Del Rey's exquisite debut album, great new pop music has been hard to find in 2012. But the year's second standout album is only a week away if the three singles from Emeli Sandé's highly-anticipated "Our Version Of Events" are anything to go by. "Heaven" didn't exactly rock my world but "Daddy" is a modern pop classic and I'm head-over-heels in love with "Next To Me". The Scottish diva's third solo release is something of a departure from her previous efforts. It's a pared-back affair dripping in Gospel and heartfelt sentiment that sounds completely out of place on the radio. And I mean that as a compliment.
I'm not sure if "Next To Me" was written about a lover or a religious figure (I suspect the latter) but it's beautiful, pure and joyous - three adjectives I can't remember ever using to describe a pop song before. I'm glad that Emeli is showing off those powerful pipes and recording music that some would describe as uncommercial. I know some people were disappointed by the ballad-heavy album sampler doing the rounds but if the rest of "Our Version Of Events" is anything like this, Queen Del Rey has some stiff competition on her hands. Check out the cheap and cheerful video below.
"Next To Me" is available to download from Australian iTunes now.