Delilah – 'From The Roots Up'
By Kim Taylor Bennett
It’s easy to turn your nose up at debuts that include cover versions, but for the second time this year we may be forced to backpedal. First there was Kindness and his killer reworks of tunes including Anita Dobson’s ‘Anyone Can Fall in Love’, and now 21-year-old north London singer Delilah tackles Minnie Riperton’s ‘Inside My Love’, giving the soul staple a moody, modern makeover. Then she incorporates Chaka Khan’s ‘Ain’t Nobody’ into the breathlessly sultry ‘Go’. Khan called the version ‘genius’.
Following singles with Chase & Status and Wretch 32, this debut album may seem against type: Delilah – born Paloma Stoecker – is more enamoured with atmospheric, synth-tronic soul. There’s a trace of Winehouse in her cadences on the standout ‘Never Be Another’, and an appealing trip hop lilt to ‘I Can Feel You’, but then comes the Natasha Bedingfield-esque ‘Only You’.
The inclusion of a line from Finley Quaye’s ‘Even After All’ on ‘Love You So’ is a borrow too far. Her tone may be gorgeous, but this needs more Delilah to make ‘From the Roots Up’ entirely her own.