Oct 15, 2012The album's more subdued moments--like the disarmingly sweet navel-gaze of 'Simple As This', or the folksy arm-around-the-shoulder reassurance of 'Note To Self'--are its most remarkable ones, where Bugg's voice, usually accompanied by little more than an acoustic guitar, takes on a preternatural wisdom.
Oct 30, 2012All in all, though Bugg's debut may not share the wordy precociousness of Conor Oberst's formative steps or the political astuteness of Willy Mason on Where the Humans Eat, it's his sheer earnestness and rare gift for writing simple, hook-filled tunes that ultimately charms the listener.
Apr 10, 2013By taking elements of the 1970s singer-songwriter folk-rock of Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens, and Don McLean, giving them a more upbeat-indie sound, and writing lyrics that are more relevant to today, Jake Bugg succeeds in capturing a sound that both traditional and new day folk-rock enthusiasts will enjoy. The album provides a look at the full range of Jake Bugg's capabilities, with some upbeat rock tunes like Lightning Bolt and Trouble Town as well as some slower, deeper songs such as Ballad of Mr. Jones and Note to Self. Needless to say, I am looking forward to the next album and am expecting his fledgling career to take flight soon.… Expand
Jul 11, 2013You've got to respect a 19 year old who can sing about loss, love and lost love and not come across affected, vapid or over produced. Bugg delivers 14 short but engaging songs that never leave you feeling like they've been cut short. This is an album you'll want to listen to start to finish yet every song feel like it could be the next hit single.
There's talent here and I imagine we're in for a lot more excellent music from Mr. Bugg in the future.… Expand
Oct 23, 2013Nottingham Singer-Songwriter Jake Bugg unleashes undeniable talent and heart on his eponymous debut, where he draws influences from artists like Bob Dylan to The Beatles to Johnny Cash. His music overflows with authenticity but still holds true to his influences as he glides through his fourteen track album with ease and grace. Looking forward, Bugg is going to become big, his name striking marquees everywhere. If the words "JAKE BUGG WORLD TOUR" doesn't pop up anytime soon, not only will his future will be finished, but the fall of a new, talented star and adorned musician will leave an empty, deserving gap in the hearts of many. This album will leave you content, refreshed and hooked. Hopefully even leaving you charitable for his cause but that's already skyrocketing up and his reign is beginning.… Expand
Nov 15, 2013Love this album. Great melodies, layered instruments, and a great variety of genres. Some songs reminded me a bit of Dylan. The guitar riff in "What Doesn't Kill You" reminds me of DK's Holiday in Cambodia. There's also a 70s sound to some songs, from Neil Young to Alan Parsons Project. In that sense, it sounds both new and familiar, a nice mix of genres that comes together as music crafted by Jake Bugg. I've read a couple of reviews complaining about his voice, but I like it just fine. Definitely recommend you give this a listen and just enjoy.… Expand
Jan 7, 2013In the way "Definitely Maybe" opened with "Rock and Roll Star" an instant classic, "Jake Bugg" opens with "Lightning Bolt" an instantly memorable debut track. It also serves as an indication of the quality of the young, fresh and talented songwriter's caliber. Throughout the album you will hear a shocking degree of maturity in Bugg's lyrics and music, tempered by the cheekiness that can only come with youth; as the singer-songwriter is only 18, he is in no shortage of that. The influence of Bob Dylan, Donovan and Britpop bleeds from the album in a unique, breath of fresh air on what, among many is believed to be a dwindling music scene in regards to youth and the domination of popular music. Jake Bugg and his self titled debut album serves as a dose of hope as this album stands out as one of the greatest debut albums since "Definitely Maybe" and "Razorlight". With this debut album, Jake Bugg has kicked off on the right foot and has exploded on the scene, ironically like a "Lightning Bolt". This album indicates great things to come from the young, singer-songwriter.… 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
Published: December 18, 2012It's time for our annual list of the best debut albums of the year. This year's roster is led by UK singer-songwriter Jessie Ware, but features artists from across Europe and North America. Spotify users can even listen to most of the albums on the list.
- By user score
|Antiphon - Midlake|
|Warp & Weft - Laura Veirs|
|Common Courtesy - A Day to Remember|
|12 Stories - Brandy Clark|
|Psychic - Darkside|
|Wrapped in Red - Kelly Clarkson|
|Another Self Portrait 1969-1971: The Bootleg Series, Vol. 10 - Bob Dylan|
|Reflektor - Arcade Fire|
|The Electric Lady - Janelle Monáe|
|Spaces - Nils Frahm|
|Mug Museum - Cate Le Bon|
|Shields: B-Sides - Grizzly Bear|
|No Love Deep Web - Death Grips|
|Melophobia - Cage the Elephant|
|The Blackest Beautiful - Letlive|
|No Blues - Los Campesinos!|
|Soft Will - Smith Westerns|
|Where Does This Door Go - Mayer Hawthorne|
|AM - Arctic Monkeys|
|The Bones of What You Believe - Chvrches|