album review | R&B
Emile Sandé, ‘Our Version of Events’
Rarely does a pop debut come as fully realized as this one from the Scottish singer-songwriter. Already heralded in England, Sandé proves to be a stylish vocalist and a supremely savvy songwriter. Despite the grandiose opener, “Heaven,” with its swirling strings and breakbeats, the set is the work of a confident pop formalist. The short songs are artfully arranged and produced with restraint by the singer’s collaborator, Naughty Boy.