Melanie Fiona could be next big thing

ALBUM OF THE WEEK MELANIE FIONA The Bridge (SRC/Universal Records) THIS Kanye West protégé has been tipped to make it big this year, and on the evidence of this stylish debut she has every chance.

From the Zombies-sampling opening track and lead single Give It To Me Right, to the poppy reggae of Ay-Yo, the Canadian-born Guyanese girl displays a voice impressively full of soul, reminiscent of Lauryn Hill and Macy Gray.

A whole legion of producers is employed to bring out the best in each track, whatever its nominal genre, and my how it works. 8/10. GW