Lost & Found
Jorja Smith’s debut “sounds like it came from an artist who has been doing this for years and years,” said Mike Schiller in PopMatters.com. In truth, the British R&B prodigy has only just turned 21, and her first album is an “astounding” display of vocal talent and artistic maturity. “There’s not a single track here that’s a lock to elevate Smith to the sort of superstardom that a voice like hers is destined for,” but there “isn’t a single clunker” either, even given the range of styles she braves with her skilled backing band. She also wrote or co-wrote every track, and “Blue Lights” and “Teenage Fantasy,” two early singles included here, “remind us of Smith’s age in the best possible way.” Given the preponderance of slow to mid-tempo tracks, the album drags a bit, particularly toward the end, said Tshepo Mokoena in Vice.com. Still, Smith “deserves Big Name Status.” Her voice is “a thing of beauty,” and she wields it like an instrument, achieving just the right texture with every note.