Ella Henderson – Chapter One (Album Review)

At just 18 years old, X Factor UK alum proves a worthy new artist to stan for…

‘Ghosts’ has been a breathe of fresh-air on radio airwaves (which was  co-written by OneRepublic’s Ryan Tedder), and the album follows the same path with numerous soulful and beautifully catchy tracks.

‘Ghosts’ opens Ella Henderson’s stunning album, and is followed by another hit-worthy sounding track titled ‘Empire’. The third track ‘Glow’which just so happens to be her new single reveals that this album is no mere average artists album as Ella belts at a powerful chorus that will remain in your heads for days.

Upbeat tracks take a back-burn when moving into the fourth track ‘Yours’, which showcases how euphoric her voice can be with minimal instrumentals, which is a similar case on another track titled ‘All Again’.  It makes you wonder just how she finished sixth place on the reality show that brought her into the limelight. ‘

If you dislike emotional ballads, ‘Mirror Man’ brings back the pop tracks as she blends classic with modern.. think Duffy & Paloma Faith. Oh, and speaking of artist resemblances, there’s also a bit of a Leona Lewis vibe also on ballad ‘Missed’.

There’s plenty of other great tracks too, which put you in the mood to scream and dance in an emotional rage. Tracks like ‘Pieces’, ‘Beautifully Unfinished’ and ‘The First Time’ will have this effect, especially against exes that’ve done you wrong.

As for typical pop fluff that’ll surely send radios alight with a “Kaboom”, is ‘Rockets’ as it’s infectiously catchy, with a mild RnB favour. ‘1989’, while only a bonus track also needs to be a single!

VERDICT: Ella’s debut album rightfully introduces a new powerful pop lady to the music scene.  Being this is her first album, hence the album being fittingly titled ‘Chapter One’, proves that this songstress is no one-hit-wonder with many more chapters to come.

Must Listen Tracks: Ghost, Glow, Pieces, The First Time, Rockets, Lay Down, Billie Holiday, Beautifully Unfinished, 1996.

Listen to Ella’s hit debut-single ‘Ghost’ below:

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‘Chapter One’ will be available to purchase on October 13.

– Shahbaz Malik
Image: Syco Music