ALBUM REVIEW: Nothing’s Real by Shura


OUT: 8/7

TRACKLIST: (I); Nothing’s Real; What’s It Gonna Be; Touch; Kidz’n’Stuff; Indecision; What Happened To Us; (II); Tongue Tied; 2Shy; White Lies; The Space Tapes.

It’s noon on Saturday the day after the Brexit result triggered David Cameron’s resignation and Shura is telling the audience at Glastonbury’s Other Stage that her entire set is about break-ups.

  • Read on for reasons why Nothing’s Real is this summer’s soundtrack

Which seems apt if a little downbeat as she alludes to the UK’s 52 to 48% vote to leave the European Union with a shrug.

We saw half Russian Aleksandra Denton at our gig of the year in KOKO last month where she played much of this debut album. Its melodic, often sensitive, electronic slant recalls 80s Prince ( the should’ve-been-a-hit 2Shy), Madonna’s Holiday (Indecision) and even Imagination (White Light).

Her contemporaries are Robyn and Zara Larsson but there’s a musicianship and lack of showmanship which makes former youth footballer Shura all the more endearing.

In fact our only criticism of this collection of songs is what a long time coming it’s been. Latest single What’s It Gonna Be is co-written by Greg Kurstin who’s also worked with Lily Allen and Little Boots and it’s the most hit-focussed Shura’s yet been.

Catch Shura live if you can because not only does she do this album justice, she absolutely rocks out with it also. The soundtrack of our summer and quite possibly many more people’s also.

  • Picture via Facebook courtesy Shura. Shura tour details here.
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