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On Amelia, Mimi Webb has her Hannah Montana moment


Release date: 03 March 2023
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03 March 2023, 00:01 Written by Bethan Eyre

Living between two worlds, BRIT nominee Mimi Webb showcases the two opposing sides to her personality and life through the sound of empowering pop melodies on her debut album.

Amelia is an album jam packed with tracks soon to be on everyone’s pre-drinks playlist come the weekend. This debut finds Webb heartbroken yet empowered, and on a journey to share her true sense of self with her ever-growing audience. Although starting out as a viral TikTok sensation, she has found longevity in her craft, and Amelia is confirmation of that.

Succinctly, the record pays homage to the Canterbury-born girl behind the popstar front. She is known as Amelia by those who know her best and has experienced love and heartbreak in all its various shades. Along the way, Amelia meets spirited, party girl Mimi – the persona created during Webb’s time at BIMM to front the popstar image her music emulates. Amid two very different lifestyles, the record is comprised of various tracks to reflect both ways of life.

On this 12-track record, Webb strikes a chord in the hearts of her listeners, evoking feelings of anger, heartache, longing, and empowerment across the board. Writing tracks fuelled with emotion is certainly her forte, because of their strong affiliation to her personal experiences with love. Pre-released singles "Red Flags," "House On Fire," and "Ghost of You" set up the project perfectly, giving you a taste of the fiery energy to be expected from the rest of the record. Then most recently "Roles Reversed," which is a strikingly powerful ballad in influence of British pop all-stars Emily Sandé and Adele, with her British accent proudly prominent throughout.

Although it may be straightforward, quintessential pop music, it is catchy quintessential pop music done well. Further down the line, "Is It Possible" offers a welcomed pause from the effervescent pop sound the album is built on. It is an instrumentally driven pitstop, supported by an orchestral opening and electric guitar solo. As a standout track on Amelia, it promisingly shows Webb to be more than capable of diversifying the Britpop sound she has made a name for herself with.

Ending the project with the record's title track feels appropriate, as it rounds the emotive sentiment of the record off nicely. Acting as a love letter to her younger self, this coming-of-age song (produced by Digital Farm Animals) retrospectively shares the things Webb wishes she had known when she was younger. As she looks back on her life growing up, she sends a message to her younger self and her generally younger Gen-Z audience, saying that "everything is going to be just fine."

Along with her natural talent and commitment to making a name for herself, it is unsurprising that Webb has created an album with such vibrancy and trendiness. If it's nostalgic, unapologetically pop inspired music you like, then this is certainly the album for you.

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