Cry Me Out
Next in the now-endless parade of blue-eyed soul marching out of Britain and into the American market, Pixie Lott secures a place in the spectrum all her own, combining the ‘50s styling of Amy Winehouse (and her penchant for crazy eye makeup) and the vocal agility of Adele, with a cheeky presence that’s all her. “Cry Me Out” is the third single lifted from the Turn It Up album, and the first ballad following the dancier “Mama Do” and “Boys and Girls,” but is by far my favorite of the bunch. Because as every club addict knows, nothing works a remix quite like the contrast of a fast beat against half-tempo, power vocals—and this one is tailor-made for belting along with on a crowded main room floor. Bimbo Jones and Desert Eagle provide remixes, with the blue ribbon going to Jones for wedding a progressive house composition to a fun disco bounce. The result: a breakup song-cum-peak hour crowd pleaser. There’s just something about her, you can’t help but press that back button.