Every Little Sting album coverYou might not know the name but Perth’s Helen Shanahan is as good as it gets when it comes to confessional songwriting. “I wasn’t born to be wild,” she admits in opening cut, Camouflaged.

Indeed, Shanahan is an unlikely pop star, with her debut album documenting a battle with anxiety – “Paper thin,” she sings, “oh, how I wish I could throw it all in.” American producer Brad Jones (Missy Higgins, Melody Pool) provides a pop sheen, but scratch the surface and you’ll discover genuine depth. File next to Lisa Loeb, Sarah McLachlan and Aimee Mann; Every Little Sting is one of this year’s great adult contemporary albums.

Every Little Sting is out May 5 via MGM

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