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Lady Sovereign Jigsaw

  • Words: Max Herman
  • Label: Midget
  • XLR8R Rating: 6.5/10

While some of her early singles like “Random” and “Ch-Ching” could be labeled as grime, London’s Lady Sovereign never gained full acceptance from the scene that the media desperately wanted her to be a part of. On her sophomore album, Jigsaw, Sov ignores expectations, only sticking to one constant—making pop-friendly music. The LP is by no means flawless, especially with lazily delivered tracks like the club-targeted “Bang Bang” and “I Got the Goods.” Still, this feisty rhymer embraces her accessible brand of quirkiness on the bouncy, Cure-sampling “So Human” and the reflective hip-hop cut “Guitar.” Even without nailing every number, Lady Sovereign is arguably moving in the right direction.

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