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Jessie J has a powerful voice and bold image, yet her music sounds like it could be by anyone. The contradiction may stem from her pre-fame background as a professional songwriter: certainly much of the Essex singer’s second album could have been written with other performers in mind, from the Pink-style affirmation anthem “You’re Sexy” to the Rihanna-mimicking “Wild”.

A better vocalist than most of the stars she channels, Jessie handles the shifts in style with aplomb; but there’s a focus-group-tested feel to the songs.

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