Pixie Lott came from absolutely nowhere to get her first number one single in the UK. No one had heard of her, yet she enters the chart at #1 with her single Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh). The same could be said for other artists such as Lady GaGa and Katy Perry, so it’s not unheard of, but this young 18-year-old was different. She didn’t have experience, just youthful charm and a different sound to what we’ve heard before. Turn It Up was released on September 14th 2009 and was surprised, as it was better than I thought it would be. Yes, the album does feel like it’s by a teenager, but that works in its favour. It’s not the best album you’ll hear, but it’s definitely a great start by the 18-year-old from Kent.

Mama Do (Uh Oh, Uh Oh) starts the album off and was the first single. It went straight in at #1 where it stayed there for a week. The songs clapping background definitely makes you want to dance to it, and Lott’s vocals are actually capable of big things, as she delivers a few high notes and vocal trills.

Cry Me Out is next, and is probably my favourite off the album. It’s a slower, ballad song. With a piano in the background playing repetitive chords, the song reaches its chorus where Lott shows off her vocal range, with sweet melodies and subtle backing vocals. It is expected to be the third single.

Band Aid follows with an acoustic guitar intro. Lott starts out in her lower vocal range which gives her a different sound, with a rhythm and bluesy feel to her vocals down in that key. The backing vocals in this song I really enjoy, as they come in at points and really give the song that extra something.

Turn It Up starts with Lott chanting “turn it up” many times. I have mixed feelings for this song, as I don’t really care for the “turn it up” chanting she does through the chorus or the “baby” that she does at the start of the verses. I do, however, enjoy everything else about the song, as her voice sounds better when it’s melodic.

Boys And Girls is next and was the second single from the album, also charting in at #1. This is also a great song, the backing track is catchy, as is the song itself with Pixie exploring her vocal range.

Gravity follows and starts with a computer generated voice of Lott’s chanting ‘gravity’. This song never fails to make me smile, as Lott’s pronunciation is so British compared to anyone who sings a song with the word in as “gravidy”. Lott makes sure she sings “gravitee“. The song is good though once you get past that fact, as I find myself singing along right now.

My Love is next and reminds me of a few songs actually, although Lott makes sure you come back to remember her song, with her vocals as sweet and endearing as ever. Towards the end of the song, she starts playing with the notes which is surprisingly a joy to listen to, as a lot of teenagers take it too far.

Jack is probably one of my favourites off the album, close with Cry Me Out. This song has a nursery rhyme theme, the verses have a smooth, up-beat rhythm to it, and the bridge changes the song in dynamics, having like a scale-type couple of lines before leading back into the up-beat rhythm for the chorus. It’s nice to see how a young artist can change parts of the song like that.

Nothing Compares is next and is a slow song which you’d be getting your lighters out and swaying them to. The verses are tender, as it feels like she’s whispering her words to you, but shows controlled power in her voice in the chorus, singing out her pain with “They say if it doesn’t kill you it’ll make you stronger”.

Here We Go Again follows and brings the album back to up-beat sound. I must admit, I wasn’t that keen on it at first, but after hearing it a few times, it’s really good as the beat will get you moving and the backing music going down in key four times in a row at the end of the chorus made me like this song, as weird as it sounds.

The Way The World Works is next and again the music goes well with Lott’s lyrical placement. The chorus sounds magical with, what sounds like, a xylophone in the background adding to the effects. The change in tempo from verse to chorus is also brilliant. She changes it up a third time in the bridge two-thirds into the song with her repetition of the word “ever” sounding rather like Natasha Bedingfield. Unfortunately, that’s not a compliment. We could’ve done without that Pixie!

Hold Me In Your Arms is the final song on the album and, if i’m honest, it doesn’t really end in style. Yes, the song is rather smooth and relaxing, and I like that, but the chorus phrase “hold me in your arms” is extended a bit too much, and I don’t really like the choice of notes she put with the phrase. The verses, however, I like.

Overall, Turn It Up surprised me by how much I liked it. The teenage qualities are actually rather likeable in her tracks, and with 2 #1 singles here under her belt, there’s no doubt she’s going anywhere but upwards after this. And at 18 years of age, with the album charting in the top 10, at #6 so far, she’s got the whole world ahead of her. This album is worthy of 8/10.