It has been quite sometime since someone who is coming from a talent show, showed true artistry and released an album not made to be massively consumed, but instead created with care, aiming to showcase material that is worthy of the artist's true potential. In Ella Henderson's case, that was somewhat inevitable. Choosing to sing one of her own songs in the X Factor auditions proved that she was in a different league, and as the show progressed, her talent shone through. She may not have won, but based on these songs, she is destined to enjoy the greatest success of any other fellow contestant. Her anticipated debut record is a meticulously assembled, polished product, packed with beautifully crafted songs (most of which she co-writes), merging together a variety of styles in the most effortless and enjoyable manner.
Even more impressive are her performances. Ella is a young girl turning into a woman, yet her voice is so full that is beyond anyone's expectations how she is bursting with genuine emotion, singing her heart out in the most engaging way. One can literally hear her voice break on the verge of tears, and cannot help but wonder of what's to come from her in the future, if she can already exhibit such fervour, and deliver with such consistency. I could argue that Ella Henderson is without doubt the best reality show non-winner ever, and "Chapter one" is easily the best debut album from one. Take a look at her on the cover, and notice the little detail under her right eye; sure, that sign of a tear is intentional, but it is the subtlety with which it is portrayed that makes it special. A sheer pop revelation, bound to soar.
Here's to many more chapters to come.