On first listen I was disappointed. It sounded like some producer had gotten ahold of him and tried to make him into a slick contemporary music artist. Where was my raw, unpolished Jake Bugg? On further listens, this record has really grown on me. Still a clunker or two, but the gems far outshine the lesser cuts. Just saw him live two days ago and what a fantastic show.
1st bad album
By Ron Reed
More muzak than music; the corporate music machine has swallowed this kid up. The talent is still in there but this is a stale effort that sounds more than a bit like elevator music, or like each track is the result of a focus group. The first two recordings were stunning, the last one was starting to come apart and this one is a shiny, hollowed out 'contemporary pop' mess.
WOW.. great album. This is the artist that made me enjoy a break from the commercial crap being produced in the last 10 years (by other artists). He gets back to his roots on this one
I miss the old Jake Bugg...! this is way too singer/songwriter sounding for me. I miss his rock stuff
I absolutely LOVE this guy! His very unique voice compliments the instrumentals! I will not lie I learned from him because of Noah Cyrus. So he did a very good thing by working with her!
I loved Jake's first two albums they were raw and full of rough emotions and the rocker feel really got to me. I can tell this album was produced in nashville by the way it sounds like elavator music. Its boring and lifeless. And Noah Cyrus feature? Can we not do that? Lacking in chemistry there a lot...
On pain mood meds....?
Not the rawness I came to love jake's music for... more beatiful sunset then scortching mid day sun.
I like jake's quirkyness... but that seems to be somewhat absent here. An artist has to follow his passion... So good for you..... But this one is not for me.
An attempt at folk country turned...eh
I wish Jake Bugg knew his strengths, but it seems as though we have again resorted to an over produced album that lacks his stripped back "one man with a guitar" appeal. Most of these songs are ballads. You'd think this would mean less technical production--less random country twangs or unneeded saxophone (or somehow cowbell?), but nope. Instead fans get music that usually overpower Jake's voice. In "Me & You" from his second album, for example, instrumental was stripped back to a minimum, revealing his emotional voice and lyrics. Not here. Here, it's difficult at times to even understand what he's talking about. Or if there's any emotion at all.
Also, a small pet peeve, but most of his songs are love songs. Not that's a bad thing, but when listening to the album as a whole, they eventually blend together. Only a few stand out, and when they do, it's nowhere near as good as other material he's made.
In one instance he states, "the man on the stage is not what you knew", and that's true. I no longer feel like I can stand in line for four hours, anxiously waiting to rock out to his crooning guitar in the front of the crowd, feeling as though I've seen 60's folk rock alive again. Now I feel like I might see him live, but I'll probably just be standing in the back. Waiting patiently until the old Jake Bugg rears his head, if he ever will.
Get it if you like it, but don't expect anything remotely like the last two albums, or anything as memorable.
road trip music
Love how catchy this album is. I can get in my car and go for a nice long road trip. Great job Jake.
Not as good.
I liked the old Jake Bugg. The "poor boy from Nottingham". It was raw and unpolished and good! This is boring "pop". Hope he goes back to his roots.