It’s rare that you are able to listen to an album and understand the meaning behind each verse. At the age of eighteen the potential which songwriter Jake Bugg has to change the music industry is astounding.
Having already played with big names such as Noel Gallagher, it’s clear there is only one route his career is heading in.
Jake Bugg’s self-titled debut album reached number 1 in the U.K charts shortly after release and reached number 9 in the NME’s list of Top 50 Albums of 2012.
The main thing you will love about this album is that, he is eighteen years old, yet there is no teenage angst, unrequited love or bullshit; just good music and the kind of pure soul that comes from singing about real life. His musical talent reminds me of a younger version of Bob Dylan’s. Each song on his album tells a story of a period in his life, whether its light or dark; it paints a rough image within your head with his country guitar picking technique and his prematurely rusted voice spilling tales of woe, happiness, hurt and experience.
The most hard hitting song and probably most popular song on the album has got to be:
The melodic country riffs mixed with the maturity and strength of his voice is perfect for storytelling.
Throughout the song, he spills his heart out with painful memories he has lived through at a young age.
“Down in the kitchen, drinking white lightning,
He’s with my momma, they’re yelling and fighting,
It’s not the first time, praying for silence…
Something is changing, changing, changing.”
The story of domestic abuse, praying for some sanctuary and the escapism of going back to where he grew up is enough to invoke emotion within the listener.
Jake Bugg has brought folk, country and blues back to life within mainstream culture; if you are not a fan of these genres before, you will be after listening to the album.
I would give this album a 9/10 – hard hitting lyrics, an amazing mix up of genres, easy on the ears, a brilliant voice, dishing up an amazing sense of nostalgia for the older generation and something refreshing for the album charts.
Written by Callum Martin