Vera Blue PerennialWhat happens when it’s over? Vera Blue’s debut album is like 12 steps, or songs, to recovery.

A break-up record, it’s an electro-pop journey from anger to acceptance, heartbreak to happiness. Starting with a song called First Week, and ending with Mended, it’s like the listener is sneaking a peek at Vera Blue’s diary. “I just wish I could find who I was before,” she confides, “and I know it’s for the best, but that doesn’t mean my heart’s not ripped out of my chest.” Like a modern-day Joni Mitchell, Vera Blue is a compelling confessional singer-songwriter. Perennial … the strength of this album shows she’ll be back with more.

Perennial is out July 21 via Universal.

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