Debutante is the self-released debut album of British solo artist FEMME (Laura Bettinson). It is unabashedly pop. What kind of pop, however, is often in flux.
FEMME’s influences seem to be all over the place to me. There’s synth pop, drum and bass-inflected Afropop, and a heaping helping of 60s bubblegum pop in there.
Lyrically, there is lots of boy/girl angst, but there is also a lot of pro-girl standing up to the shitty relationship to break free.
There are some really great songs on this album like Gold and the absolutely brilliant Dumb Blonde. Overall, the album is pretty good, and I will happily listen to many tracks again.
Recommendation: Stream It
Songs I have a Playlist for: Bring It Back Round, Shout Out Loud, Gold, Dumb Blonde, Sirens
Clunkers I will Thumbs Down: Romeo, Light Me Up