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Jake Bugg: On My One *

Album Reviews:

Rolling Stone - 3 stars out of 5 -- "On his third LP, 22-year-old U.K. roots revivalist Jake Bugg mixes Americana and British folk as skillfully as ever..."

Clash (magazine) - "Unpredictably diverse and unexpectedly personal, this album sees Bugg managing to maintain the relatable style which won him so many fans in the first place, while taking the necessary risks that allow him to grow as an artist."

Album Notes

Moving from producer Rick Rubin to Jacknife Lee -- a trajectory pioneered by Weezer nearly a decade earlier -- Jake Bugg seems to be searching for a new voice on On My One. No longer the new-millennial Dylan of his 2012 eponymous debut, Bugg also abandons the Rubin-endorsed classicism of 2013's Shangri La, choosing a muddled middle ground between plaintive introspection and bustling electronic arrangements ripe for crossover play. At the very least, this heretofore unheard infatuation with electronica and R&B loops suggests Bugg is a man indeed born in the '90s, something that seemed somewhat inconceivable on his prior records. If there's a slight whiff of desperation in the dense Madchester percolation of "Gimme the Love," it's trumped by "Ain't No Rhyme," where Bugg strips away the irony from Beck and delivers a full-fledged old-school rap. This is easily the strangest moment here but there are other left turns -- the slowly simmering "Never Wanna Dance," where Bugg gives James Blunt a run for his money; Bugg leaning on his penchant for literalism on the steady-rolling country-rock of "Livin' Up Country;" the big crawling plastic soul of "Love, Hope and Misery" -- that are paired with a bunch of by-the-books troubadour tunes, turning this into his most diverse collection to date. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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