Maybe it's a reaction to the bombastic, synth-heavy Europop that's been saturating American top 40 radio, but piano ballads are all the rage now -- from Bruno Mars' soul-bearing "When I Was Your Man" to Lana Del Rey's string-swathed "Young & Beautiful" to Rihanna's vulnerable "Stay." Next on the list is British singer/songwriter Timothy McKenzie, better-known as Labrinth, who is snaking his way stateside with "Beneath Your Beautiful," a seductive ode to inner beauty. "Beautiful," from Labrinth's debut album "Electronic Earth," is already a ubiquitous smash in the United Kingdom.

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