Some musical homages, like the soul-stealing cameras feared by certain pre-modern tribes, have a potentially negative effect on the artist or genre they set out to replicate. This, according to Pixie Lott, is her "Motown album", and listening to it, the entire style of music associated with the great label feels subtly diminished. The execution is proficient enough, but everything about the album lacks character, from the anodyne production to the wafer-thin songs, which reveal what they're all about within the first verse. Sometimes, imitation is not so flattering at all.
Killian Fox writes about film, music and books, among other things, for various publications including the Observer, where he worked for two years