CD reviews: Elle King

American singer-songwriter Elle King ties together classic country, dirty blues and vintage rock 'n' roll with her powerful rasp-ridden vocals and huge fast-talking Midwest personality in Love Stuff.

Lead single and clear album standout Ex's and Oh's is a big, bouncy, swaggering and stomping boot of a country song, driven by King's retro roar and some slick, punchy production.

Unfortunately, its greatness makes everything else feel a little smaller, with King falling back on well-worn Americana tropes and letting her persona do the grunt work instead of relying on quality songwriting.

Promising, fun, but maybe not essential.

• Elle King. Love Stuff. Sony Music NZ. 

• Three stars (out of five) 

Single download: Ex's and Oh's
For those who like: Gin Wigmore, Mumford and Sons

- Sam Valentine

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