SPEECH Debelle's debut album, Speech Therapy, luckily isn't just all talk. The London-based female rapper does have a real gift of gab, giving her male peers a run for their money with a proficient lyrical flow delivered with a voice that teeters between sweet and streetwise. But for me the real talking points of this album are the backing tracks, which are cunningly crafted hip hop tracks laced with jazzy ornaments and acoustic instrumentation. There are dips - Go Then, Bye and Daddy's Little Girl are a tad toe-curling for my tastes - but in a genre dominated by male MCs, Speech Debelle has demonstrated she doesn't just talk the talk.
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