She is the debut EP by Laura Mvula, and we can almost be certain that if all goes well for Mvula, we are going to be seeing her name all over 'Ones to Watch for 2013' lists as we head into the burning embers of 2012. I put forward this suggestion, as Mvula is a British soul-singer, with easy, radio-faring songs, evoking hints of the 70s with the ease of someone who's been in the game for years. However, is She any good? Well, sort of; it's all rather confusing. It really is quite hard to say anything at all about She. In fact, the one conclusion I could come to after listening to it repeatedly was that (and I hope this isn't simply influenced by the season) all the songs on this EP would be perfect for a Christmas advert by any high street retailer looking to make their discount mince-pies look suitably glamorous.

Which is by no means a bad thing, but it highlights the most important thing about She, and that is the fact that this all sounds a little bit inessential, a little bit of a meander through somewhere we don't truly mind going to visit, but isn't all that remarkable. Regardless of what I've just said though, it's hugely apparent that Laura Mvula's voice is beautiful. With a huge range, and power, lyrics are delivered poignantly, and Mvula has a wonderful ear for layering vocals on top of one another, and it's at these points that we start to hear something special. But it's not enough.

The EP starts with 'She', the clear highlight. Here we are treated to a showcase of vocal ability, and it's rather good. The accompanying melodies add an ethereal air to the feel of the song, and as it fades out, its mark is left indelibly on ourselves. 'Like the Morning Dew' starts an unfortunate trend, hitting us with forgettable choruses, drenched in an overloaded vocal arrangement. It seems fitting to say that the vocals here highlight the best and the worst about She. When they are arranged delicately, vocals flittering around each other, it is an audio delight. When they are stuffed together and pressed together, the whole song is drowned out. 'You Can't Live With the World' dawdles throughout its duration, and follows into 'Jump Right Out Again' which retains many of the faults of the previous two tracks. Truly, it just gets quite dull at times.

Laura Mvula is a wonderful singer. Her passion and scope bleed through She, and so it comes as a shame to report that there is only one track on this EP which attests to this fact.