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Shangri La – Jake Bugg

Only a year after the release of his self-titled debut effort, Jake Bugg offers his second album titled ‘Shangri La’, which sees the budding musician once again indulging in his incredible natural talent of song-writing. On his latest album, Jake Bugg offers up a delightful selection of new tracks, some of which seem to branch off a little bit more than what was on the musician’s first album effort. The overall effect of the album is one that simply delights in the more simplistic elements of song-writing, the main technique being ‘less-is-more’. There is perhaps an element on ‘Shangri La’ that Jake Bugg hasn’t pushed himself much (if at all) from his debut effort, which makes the album a bit pointless to some extent.

It’s apparent on both the debut album ‘Jake Bugg’ and the latest release of ‘Shangri La’ that there is a lot of talent coming from Jake Bugg. It’s as though song-writing comes naturally to him, as though he automatically knows how to write a good song that is catchy, listenable and interesting all in one. A lot of songs on ‘Shangri La’ just exude fun and enjoyment, where all the elements of enjoyable music come through. Most of the elements in each song seems to work well, including the alternative-rock style of the instrumentals, to the Dylan-esque vocal style of Jake Bugg’s. All in all, it all comes together nicely to at least make ‘Shangri La’ a good follow-up to ‘Jake Bugg’.

The problem with ‘Shangri La’ is that it just doesn’t seem to be that much better or interesting than ‘Jake Bugg’. It’s as though Bugg has opted to just write a new record of material with better production values, rather than push himself as a musician and song-writer to write an album that is better than his debut effort. In some ways, ‘Shangri La’ is essentially Jake-Bugg-2, rather than a true second album. Considering how much talent there is in this song-writer, it doesn’t seem unreasonable to at least expect some element of the musician pushing himself to produce some great new material, rather than rehashing himself without producing anything new.

As enjoyable as ‘Shangri La’ is, it doesn’t seem to be a truly impressive album. There’s technically nothing wrong with the album, which at least continues the streak of enjoyable and well-written music that Jake Bugg has produced thus far in his career. It just would have been preferable to see the song-writer really push himself and produce a really great follow-up to ‘Jake Bugg’. At the moment, ‘Shangri La’ is an acceptable album that is all well and good, but has the added danger of suggesting that Jake Bugg is perhaps a one-trick pony, who doesn’t really have a great deal to offer.

Album Rating:

  • ★★★☆☆  3/5

Selected Songs:

  • Slumville Sunrise
  • A Song About Love
  • All Your Reasons
  • Simple Pleasures

Jake Bugg’s second studio album ‘Shangri La’ is out now.

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Jake Bugg – Jake Bugg

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.

Album Rating:

  • ★★★★☆  4/5

Selected Songs:

  • Lightning Bolt
  • Country Song
  • Broken
  • Ballad of Mr. Jones
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