Saturday, December 22, 2012

A Very Dylanesque Debut for Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg
Jake Bugg
Five Scoops of Bosco

Reviewed by Allen Bacon, The Daily Bosco

Jake Bugg once said that he had the soul of a thirty year old trapped in a body of an eighteen year old.

Try about fifty years of music history.

Bugg makes no excuses for his love of early Bob Dylan or Rolling Stones and this comes through loud and clear in the Nottingham, England teenager's self titled debut album.

Even the black and white photo on his album cover looks very much like an early Bob Dylan release.

Perfect timing for this release considering the release of David Chase's movie "Not Fade Away" which focuses on that early 1960's period of music history that Mr. Bugg channels here.

The music is raw and simple which is an attraction . 

The album starts at an urgent pace with his first two singles "Lightning Bolt" and "Two Fingers".

But it's the slow tempo songs like "Simple As This" or "Slide" which really belie his young age.

Bugg's cadence and delivery on his vocals may be very reminiscent of Bob Dylan or early Mick Jagger, but his songwriting sensibilities go in different directions.  In other words, don't be looking for too many Social Commentary songs coming from him any time soon. 

His songs are more about the human condition which again are way beyond his tender age.

It has been somewhat of a whirlwind journey this year for Bugg.

A few months ago in August, Bugg was a supporting act for Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds at Belsonic Music Festival, Belfast.

Then he appeared on the BBC music programme Later... with Jools Holland and the album was released at the end of October.  His first single "Two Fingers" went to Number 33 on the British charts.

It's indeed refreshing to hear a pure, raw sound come out of a young, talented performer without the aid of overly-produced and synthesized electronica.

Don't be surprised if Jake Bugg gets serious consideration for New Artist of the Year at next year's Grammys. 

He's that good.

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