Characterized by a voice that could split the sky or flutteringly seduce, Jessie J's fresh sound and Essex-girl saltiness always marked her out as a different kind of pop star.
Instead of repelling mainstream listeners with abrasiveness, the album drew them in with fullness and vibrancy – but delivered as only PJ Harvey could.
Heaping her pain onto a procession of characters, ‘Is This Desire?’ was the record that set Polly Jean free from emotional bondage.
‘Rid Of Me’ was a mix of autobiography and gothic play-acting, but it coalesced into an authentically visceral howl.
‘Dry’ is a stunning debut from an artist who more than lived up to her early promise.