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Rita Ora


Second full-length release by English-Albanian pop singer featuring collaborations with Alesso, Rudimental and Avicii as well as guest appearances from Julia Michaels, Cardi B, Bebe Rexha and Charli XCX

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  1. 8.0 |   Clash

    Playing to her strengths with an independently minded pop return
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  2. 8.0 |   Evening Standard

    While she is a star who can divide opinion — mostly through her work away from music — she is at her most successful when following her own musical path and this record is an assured step forward
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  3. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Given the stuttering, protracted process it’s been through to get here, the singer’s follow-up to her 2012 self-titled debut is a surprisingly coherent record
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  4. 8.0 |   NME

    On her long awaited second album, determined pop star Rita Ora proves good things come to those who wait
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  5. 8.0 |   All Music

    Considering for a moment that a second album's existence was in limbo for years, Phoenix could have opted to coast by on its harrowing backstory alone. And still, Ora delivered a confident pop gem that stands tall on its own
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  6. 8.0 |   The FT

    A well-constructed, consistently performed exercise in stabilising an undervalued musical brand
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  7. 7.0 |   The Line Of Best Fit

    Phoenix is not so much a comeback record as it is the sound of an artist who’s always persevered
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  8. 6.0 |   The Observer

    Phoenix is perfectly fine, but its strongest moments make you realise that it could have been great
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