High Expectations is a stunning statement of intent from Mabel. It’s a record - and a state-of-mind, in many ways - that she has worked towards her whole life: even the title itself has been hiding in plain sight (Mabel got it tattooed phonetically on her neck when she thought of it two years ago). Here, then, is an ambitious body of work from an increasingly fearless young artist, which explores the multiplicity of expectations (as a woman; in love; of others; and ultimately of yourself). What’s emerged as High Expectations is an empowering, uplifting and disarmingly candid record, which tells the next chapter not only in Mabel’s own extraordinary life-story, but - like those records which shaped her, The Writing’s On The Wallor The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill – also seeks to tell those stories of so many others.
Still aged just 23 years old, High Expectations is that rare record which feels both like a graduation and, also, just the beginning for Mabel. Now poised to join the pantheon of international pop greats, her tireless energy, positivity and drive were never going to allow Mabel to settle for anything other than High Expectations. In 2019 watch Mabel meet them and keep reaching higher still.
All formats of the album come with previous singles Finders Keepers, Fine Line, My Lover (with Not3s), Ring Ring (with Jax Jones) and Cigarette (with Raye and Stefflon Don) as ‘bonus tracks’.
2LP - Double Black Vinyl housed in Gatefold Sleeve.