CD Review: The Constant, I Blame Coco

By Louisa Emery on November 9, 2010 10:03 AM |

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The Constant, I Blame Coco
£8.99, Island
4/5

IN A NUTSHELL
Sting's girl shows she is no trust fund waste of space.


Let's get the technical stuff out of the way.

I Blame Coco is the band fronted by Coco Sumner, daughter of Sting and Trudie Styler.

Before you file her away under pointless celebrity offspring, just hang on. This one's a bit different.

Sometime model, occasional actress and much closer in the cool stakes to La Roux who remixed I Blame Coco's Self Machine and her brand of electro pop sits comfortably with Coco's.

The Constant is the 20-year-old's debut album and if she hasn't had a leg up in the industry from her famous father she certainly owes him a something for her vocal style.

Her reggae rhythms on No Smile have a bit of The Police about them although they are nudging towards Lily Allen.

Artfully dishevelled Coco released single Self Machine earlier this year and the well received track smartly details alienation, isolation and loneliness in a catchy upbeat way which she credits to a fondness for Depeche Mode.

There are a couple of tracks that get lost on the album but Caesar featuring Swedish synthy songstress Robyn stands out.

Coco has created an album that shows she is more than a over privileged kid playing popstar, even if it will do little to shake off her Sumner stigma.

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