Self proclaimed as London's last sweetheart, songstress Laurel wowed us with the Hype Machine conquering Blue Blood as well as debut track Next Time and now we have chapter 3. With everyone (including us) comparing Blue Blood to Lana Del Rey our slight concern was that what we could end up with over time is just Lana Del Lite. Thankfully new song Mankind takes all kinds of other reference points and although there’s a hint of Lizzie Grant, we also hear a big similarity in the spoken word delivery to Black Box Recorder. This is a very good thing.
Mankind also features our favourite lyric of the week : “Birthday sex, you were the best.” We wouldn’t disagree - it quite possibly is (it’s a shame that unless you’re the Queen you only get one birthday a year) although if your stomach is bloated full of birthday cake and celebratory champagne it can be a little uncomfortable with all that bouncing around.
Showing that Laurel isn’t a one trick pony, knows a musical trick or two (she wrote and produced the song herself) and probably has sex at least once a year, Mankind excavates the kind of simple but well-crafted adult pop that we crave for. That's 3 out of 3 from Laurel now.
Mankind - Laurel