She was born in Yugoslavia and lives in the United Kingdom, but Rita Ora's debut feels like a pop/R&B record in a very American mould. Released through Jay-Z's Roc Nation imprint, Ora is eclectic and singles-heavy, jam-packed with collaborations with everyone from will.i.am to Greg Kurstin to Stargate. But for all the eclecticism on show, Ora has the charisma to hold it all together. Highlights include 'R.I.P', co-written by Drake and featuring UK grime star Tinie Tempah, and 'Hello, Hi, Goodbye', a weepie lost-love number buffed to a sheen by The-Dream.
- Louis Pattison, Google Play