Review this album
Jan 30, 2014I want to write this review in the simple and honest way possible. Is he the next Dylan ? No. Is he a great guitar player ? Yes. Is he a great songwriter? Not at all Why? Cause' on an album of 14 songs he wrote only Country Song,Someplace, Someone Told Me and Fire. What's wrong with these 4 songs? If you compare any of these 4 songs, for example Fire to the other songs that Ian Archer wrote like the most famous Lighting Bolt you can clearly
see the difference of songwriting,between a normal teenager that can't
write (Jake Bugg, Fire) and a professional songwriter (Ian, Lighting Bolt)
And who wrote the other 10 songs: Ian Archer, Jake Bugg has only taken the credit.
Final judgment : Basically, this album was supposed to be a great album because of the incredible talent musically and lyrically of a teen promise in the world of the music. If you see things this way, then this album it's a fake but if you see it like a folk pop album written by Ian and sunged by Jake , then I can say that is a medium almost good album. The problem is that those days label do anything to sell new things and this is the result, a normal teen mainstream artist disguised as and inde rock musician just because he smokes a cigarette drinks a beer and listen to a couple of old songs.
I completely agree with vaughan1138… Expand
Oct 16, 2013Terrible rip off merchant. In one song he sings like Bob Dylan the next he's singing like John Lennon. Make your mind up who you're gonna rip off, even better try and do something original with some artistic merit. Find your own voice! Usually don't pay much attention to the person behind the music but if slagging off the biggest band in the world One Direction I thoroughly dislike them but its a bit of a bandwagon now) isn't a desperate PR attempt to gain more sales then I don't know what is. The songs themselves are simple, repetitive, mind numbing, NME friendly, Radio One Friendly, Irrelevant, Co-Written!!...75% of the record is co-credited to a guy that used to be in Snow Patrol. I don't usually get angry about music but I'm fed up of being told how good this guy is. He won't stand the test of time. He won't stand the test of time...… Expand
May 24, 2013Generic, simple rubbish is the only way to describe this album. Lightning Bolt contains the same 3 chord pattern the ENTIRE way through, symptomatic of an album and artist that is far more style over substance. Every song is a regressive, cliched and boring with no unique features to differentiate it to the 100's of other like it. Nearly every song's main writing credit is to a 40+ year old producer, and Bugg is signed to major label Mercury, putting pay to any notion of "authenticity". This perhaps explains the downright embarrassing lyricism on display here. "Running from the feds" is one among many the try-hard, faux authentic lyrics of this album, which can only be seen as a cynical ploy by Mercury to create an artist with "street cred". The accent he puts on is downright ridiculous, and makes him appear as a bad Bob Dylan impersonator. Jake Bugg? More like Fake Bugg.… Expand