Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bratpop's Queen in the Making; POP

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bratpop's Queen in the Making; POP

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Byline: ANDRE PAINE

CHLOE HOWL

Dingwalls, NW1

FIVE days before her 19th birthday, Chloe Howl was the typical giddy, excitable teenager at her Camden show.

"I'll level with you, I nearly shot a Jager before I came out," said the gamine singer. Even without a Jagermeister to lubricate her performance, the rising star from Maidenhead still swore lustily -- both between and during songs -- and shimmied to every single beat.

Yet teenage delirium was not the whole story. Chloe Howl is also a serious proposition for 2014, with a major record label invested heavily in her success. The cool pop of Lily Allen or Lorde would seem to be the desired commercial model.

Howl certainly brought some authentic relationship angst to her music. On the slick, stroppy Disappointed she was a Home Counties Katy Perry; and the defiant, slow-burning It Takes Me a Long Time was, she informed us, about a "weaselly little runt" she met aged 16.

While Howl's bracing pop vocal was well suited to these bad boyfriend tunes, her occasional soulful excursions were never going to worry Adele. …

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