Take Me When You Go
Betty Who brings a sharp intelligence and warm heart to her debut album, Take Me When You Go. The Australian songstress combines tracks from her two EPs with new material under the guidance of producer Peter Thomas, resulting in a high-gloss but very human set that suggests the balladeer passion of Dusty Springfield filtered through the hyperactive pop of Katy Perry. Big-beat workouts like “Somebody Loves You” and “Heartbreak Dream” are exuberant, body-grabbing, and lyrically substantial. The smoldering “Alone Again” and the ethereal “California Rain” reveal Who as a singer of depth and nuance with artistic ambitions that go beyond the next hit single.