Singer/songwriter Becca Stevens continues to hone her distinctive jazz-, folk-, and art pop-influenced sound on her third full-length effort, 2015's Perfect Animal. The album follows up her acclaimed 2011 release, Weightless, and features production from Scott Solter, who previously helmed projects by St. Vincent and Spoon. As with past Stevens albums, included on Perfect Animal are several surprising cover songs, including cuts by Frank Ocean, Usher, and Steve Winwood. However, while covers are certainly an integral part of Stevens' overall musical statement, Perfect Animal primarily showcases the New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music graduate's maturation into a truly sophisticated, inventive songwriter and performer.
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AllMusic Review by Matt Collar