British reggae singer Hollie Cook's third solo album isn't drastically different than her first two; she still specializes in a smooth, slightly dubby update of vintage roots and lovers rock sounds. However, Vessel of Love is clearly a step up from her previous releases. The songs are simply better written, and her vocals mesh with the production and arrangements better than they did before.
Many women started playing music because of history’s first all-girl punk band, the Slits. But the British singer Hollie Cook launched her career as a reggae singer after being in the Slits. She was, in some sense, destined. Cook was born in 1987 to Jeni Cook, a backing singer for Culture Club, and Paul Cook, the drummer of the Sex Pistols who infamously helped steal all the gear that history-splitting band used to get started.