Night Like This
Label: Warner Records
Laura Pergolizzi's third album comes after a decade-long recording hiatus, during which time she crafted tunes for Rihanna and Christina Aguilera. Those same pop instincts appear in this glossy showcase for her soaring vocals and quirky production. There's omnipresent ukulele, lots of whistling, orchestral swirls buttressing the Who-like power chords of "Night Like This." At times her galloping choruses and melodrama bring to mind Coldplay at their most arena-ready ("Into the Wild"). But good luck trying to nail down comparisons -- LP's clearly marching to her own (cavernous, echoing) drummer.