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Not Your Muse is the debut studio album by British singer and songwriter Celeste, released on 29 January 2021 via Both Sides and Polydor Records. Initially scheduled for late 2020, the album’s release was repeatedly rescheduled amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The album includes the singles “Strange”, “Stop This Flame”, “A Little Love” and “Love Is Back”. Not Your Muse was primarily written by Celeste alongside Jamie Hartman. With it, Celeste became the first British female artist in five years to have a number one debut album on the UK Albums Chart.

Not Your Muse was described as “a modern R&B classical take” with “elements of noir that constantly poke through which gives the record a timeless quality.”

Not Your Muse debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart for the week beginning 5 February 2021, becoming the first debut album by a British female artist to top the chart in over five years, the last being Jess Glynne’s I Cry When I Laugh in August 2015.

Tracklist:

CD1:
01.Ideal Woman
02.Strange (Edit)
03.Tonight Tonight
04.Stop This Flame
05.Tell Me Something I Don’t Know
06.Not Your Muse
07.Beloved
08.Love Is Back
09.A Kiss
10.The Promise
11.A Little Love (From The John Lewis & Waitrose Christmas Advert 2020)
12.Some Goodbyes Come With Hellos

CD2:
01.Father’s Son
02.Lately
03.Both Sides Of The Moon
04.Strange
05.Unseen (feat. Celeste)
06.In The Summer Of My Life
07.It’s All Right (From “Soul”/Duet Version) (feat. Celeste)
08.Hear My Voice
09.I’m Here

OVERALL RATING: 4 stars