Amy Studt - Happiest Girl in the Universe: Album review
You may remember Amy Studt from the early 2000’s, when she rode high in the charts with her catchy single Misfit.
In the charts around the same time as Avril Lavigne was at the height of her popularity, ‘Misfit’ was an anthem, telling people it’s okay to be a bit different, to be a ‘misfit’.
Studt was just 14-years-old when she was signed to Simon Fuller’s roster of artists, quickly picking up a deal with Polydor Records.
Her first single ‘Just a Little Girl’ was released when she was aged 16 and charted at number 14, before her second single, (Misfit), reached number 6. But she left Polydor at the age of 18 and was out of the public eye for a while.
Here, Studt is all grown-up and has taken on a more melancholy, dreamy tone with her new album. It features 11 ‘bold, intimate and heartfelt tracks’.
It has hints of the sound of Fiona Apple in places, Florence and the Machine (in track three ‘Sleepwalker’), and I would even say Bjork elsewhere. But the music, of course, is all her own.
Track two, ‘Let the Music Play,’ is one of the stand-out tracks with the vocals truly haunting in the soaring chorus. The album is a soul being bared and it’s stunning.
The album is out now.
Reviewed by Zoe Myall