THE GRADE B+
BOTTOM LINE Building a sweet, eclectic club night vibe.
On her new album, “Honey” (Rinse/Virgin EMI), Katy B proves herself to be a pop music rarity. She shuns the spotlight.
Though Katy is best known for her 2011 debut, “On a Mission,” that hit No. 1 on the British charts and gave dubstep and underground club beats a recognizable face, she seems happy to take a supportive back seat to her collaborators throughout “Honey.”
That means she drifts into the tropical-tinged pop world of Major Lazer and Craig David on the catchy “Who Am I” and then transforms herself into a ’90s-styled house diva on the uplifting “I Wanna Be” with Chris Lorenzo. The thumping “Calm Down,” with help from Four Tet and Floating Points, is another tasty throwback to clubbing of that era, one that Katy seems comfortable with, considering the pounding single “Turn the Music Louder” with KDA.
Though some of the slower tracks, like “Chase Me” drift a bit, “Honey” shows how versatile Katy’s voice can be, as well as how well she can spot dance music talent, pulling together this wide-ranging bunch of 19 collaborators and making it all sound so sweet.