The 20-year-old British singer and songwriter makes music that captures modern-day misery in a way that feels improbably heartening. Her debut album is due this month.
The October Surprise
With Radiohead, Madonna and Nine Inch Nails leading the charge against major labels, one month in 2007 may be remembered as birthing a revolution that shook the industry to its core. But have they truly created a brave new world?