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Starley: One of One - Album Review

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by Kate Maraschino (subscribe)
Kate is a Melbournite who now calls Sydney home. She's at her happiest when there's halloumi on the brunch menu and there's a dog to give belly rubs to.
Published September 19th 2020
Need a dancefloor hit? Starley has you covered

Starley's debut albums marries dancefloor beats with slow-pop and electronica, resulting in the ultimate summer vibes album.

She's toured with the likes of Katy Perry, Carly Rae Jepson and Cher, won hearts and dancefloors with her certified banger 'Call on Me' in 2016, and now, Australian singer-songwriter Starley is back with her highly anticipated debut album One of One.

If the brief for Starley's debut was to create a soundtrack to welcome back the warmer weather, well pour me an Aperol Spritz on a rooftop bar, because One of One has everything we need for some bangin' summer anthems.

Highlights include 'Better with U'; sweet vocals are matched with a catchy, dancefloor-worthy beat, reminiscent of Clean Bandit's 'Rather Be' featuring Jess Glynne. Starley has toured with Clean Bandit in the past, and it's clear they've been an influence in her music.

'Signs', featuring Eden Prince is a sure-fire toe-tapper; bright electronic pop that builds, perfect for hitting the dancefloor too.

It's not all bright bubbly summer vibes though. "I'll get even with you someday, so you can feel it too" Starley laments in 'Bad Love', telling as the all-too-familiar tale of being with someone who causes you pain, but you love them anyway and 'Can't live without your ba-ba-bad love".

There's a stripped-back cover of Tracey Chapman's 'Fast Car', which is a bold choice. While nothing comes close to the original, this is a gorgeous attempt.

Starley's also championing love and acceptance with the track 'Love is love', and is a definite strong addition to the album. 'How do I break this news to your mother' she sings in this LGBTQI anthem. 'We've got to hold on to each other, gotta hold on real tight' 'cause love is love'.

There's an interlude in there which seems to be a popular feature in albums now; Lady Gaga featured two on her most recent album Chromatica. Some people love them, some people hate them, was it necessary? Probably not.

Starley's already achieved so much in her music career including appearing Good Morning America, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Project, Studio 10, as well as featuring in the pages of Vogue, InStyle, Elle, Harper's Bazaar more but if this album is anything to go by, it seems that things are only just warming up for her.

Overall, this is a solid effort from Starley, and given that 2020 has given us many reasons to just want to forget the world and instead take off our shoes and dance around, this album has come at a good time.

Starley's debut album One of One is out September 25.

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