Rita Ora PhoenixPhoenix is an apt title.

Since 2012’s sorta self-titled Ora, Rita has skirted genuine pop stardom but never quite transcended into mainstay status. A half-decade of legal issues and jumping between media appearances now behind her, Phoenix is something of a reboot. So does it burn bright or fizzle out? Assuredly, the former.

From the wistful longing that explodes into festivalcore on opener Anywhere to the dark pop of Soul Survivor, Phoenix captures the ecstasy and desperation of the early hours better than any record in recent memory. Plus Girls ft. Charli XCX is an instant classic for conversing with XCX’s own Boys. That’s collaboration.

Phoenix is out now via Warner.

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