This self-titled album is the début album by upcoming musician Jake Bugg. The album is twinged with delicate country and folk melodies and sung with an honest style that makes the album a very impressive début, especially for somebody so young. The album echoes the kind of style laid down by Bob Dylan, with a mixture of folksy country songs that shift from being gentle and delicate to being slightly more harder and distinctively country in style.
I am impressed by the album. The music demonstrates a very good understanding of song-writing, both lyrically and musically. The album opens up with ‘Lightning Bolt’ which has a instantly catchy acoustic riff, that cannot be ignored. It’s a strong way to start the album, and from there on the album just goes from strength to strength. There’s a wonderful mixture of very catchy songs, with gripping folk-twinged riffs, and very mellow and relaxed songs, where Bugg’s vocals are arguably at their strongest. It is very confident and mature song-writing, and it is quite surprising, for somebody so young.
The album feels strongest when the songs are more mellow, but despite this, the more pacey songs still have a lot of impact. There’s something that’s just quite nice about the more mellow songs. Bugg’s vocals seem much more strong in these songs, and they seem to have a lot more impact emotionally in my opinion. It makes me just feel like smiling for some reason, just because of what emotions the various songs give off. There is a lot of emotion in the way that Bugg performs the songs, making the impact of the emotions much more stronger.
Overall, this album is a highly impressive album. It isn’t perfect, of course, but it it is still very impressive. There are many good songs on this album, making it one of the strongest début albums that has ever been released. I’d go as far to say that anyone who is a fan of Bob Dylan, or has enjoyed the rising movement of folk music in these past few years (Mumford & Sons, Laura Marling and Noah & the Whale), will find a lot to enjoy in this album. This album is purely just Bugg’s strengths, laid down in 14 songs. Bugg’s vocals and guitar is always at the foreground of each track, and it is the main highlight. There is a lot of strength in his talent, and it certainly paves the way for him to achieve great heights in the coming future.
- ★★★★☆ 4/5
- Lightning Bolt
- Country Song
- Ballad of Mr. Jones