Louisa Rose Allen—the singer/songwriter behind the moniker Foxes—combines intimacy with melodrama on her debut album, Glorious. Building on a series of well-received EPs and singles (as well as the GRAMMY®-winning success of “Clarity,” her collaboration with producer Zedd), Glorious takes inspiration from the oracular theatrics of Kate Bush and Florence Welch, filtered through an au courant electropop sensibility that keeps the beats rolling and the hooks indelible. Allen has the ability to seem both charismatic and vulnerable, lending songs like the gothic-tinged “Talking to Ghosts,” the propulsive “Echo,” and the stately “Count the Saints” a heart-tugging quality that shines through their widescreen production. More upbeat tracks like “Let Go for Tonight” and “Holding onto Heaven” flesh out soulful melodies with pounding pianos and tympanic percussion. What’s most appealing about Allen is her refusal to surrender to despair—“Youth” and “White Coats” find her snatching hope from the depths of melancholy as the music rumbles and soars around her. Glorious aims high and hits the mark from start to finish.

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