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Singer adopting a retro sound, once overlooked - bless (7)


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'bless' is the definition.

'singer adopting a retro sound' is the wordplay.
'singer' becomes 'bey' (I can't justify this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'adopting' indicates putting letters inside (inserted letters are taken on or adopted).
'retro' shows that the letters should be reversed in order (retro is Latin for 'backwards').
'sound' becomes 'fit' (associated in meaning).
'fit' in reverse letter order is 'tif'.
'bey' placed around 'atif' is 'BEATIFY'.

'once overlooked' acts as a link.
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(Other definitions for beatify that I've seen before include "Make blessed" , "Proclaim praiseworthy" , "Exalt" .)

I've seen this clue in The Independent.
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