Jake Bugg / “Jake Bugg” / Review
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His first self-titled album, “Jake Bugg”, has been release last month and not only he sounds promising but he managed to put together a debut album of 14 no-need-to-skip tracks. If this is not impressive enough, this boy from Clifton, Nottingham, is only 18 years old and has already been compared to the likes of Bob Dylan and Oasis.
Comparisons aside, Jake Bugg is someone on his own, a deep and emotional songwriter proving that voice and guitar is a powerful enough combination to make you shiver on ballads like “Broken” and the sweet “Simple As This”. An modern country and folk appeal is the thread you walk on as you listen to the record starting from the opener and single “Lightning Bolt” and as you think about Elvis, you realise how the result is an intimate yet sparkling performance.
Age is just a number. He may be young but still he is very strong opinionated. He didn’t give in to the pressure put on him by his friends to participate in the auditions for the talent TV show “Britain’s Got Talent”, instead, he was chosen by the BBC to appear on their “Introducing” stage at the 2011 Glastonbury Festival, a turning point that granted him a contract by Mercury Records and the chance to support Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds at Belsonic Music Festival.
“Slide” reminds of a far away Oasis era, but Jake’s voice is the essence of an ordinary and peripheral England, a voice so overwhelming when he sings about violence, stabbing, but also of vulnerable moments of love and self-discovery that his age and generation carry along. He is mature enough to sing “Chances, people tell you not to take chances. And I was starting to agree but I awoke suddenly in the path of a lightning bolt”, and even to show two fingers, “I drink to remember, I smoke to forget. So I hold two fingers up to yesterday, light a cigarette and smoke it all away” as he travels back to hometown Clifton.
Elegant touches with very short tracks like “Country Song” and closer “Fire”, the sound is distilled in a fresh and new approach of acoustic music. It is not a revival or a praise of folk songs, and even if it was he made a brilliant job. Take the sound of The Lumineers, smash it on the wall and you will get a darker, edgier and yet balanced mood. As he sings “I’ve seen it all now” over and over, you feel amazed by this young new talent because we haven’t heard anything like this before this year.