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  • Summary: The Nottingham artist was only 18 when this debut album was released.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 90
    The 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.
  2. Oct 18, 2012
    The teen delivers poetic social realism. [Nov 2012, p.90]
  3. 80
    There's a world-weariness to some of his songs that's as attractive now as ever.
  4. Apr 15, 2013
    For a teenager's debut, Jake Bugg shows an artist who is crazy fully formed, stepping into a journey that should be worth following.
  5. Apr 10, 2013
    The 19-year-old’s sound combines retro folk with elements of Britpop that’s as raw as it is original, which equals one of the more exciting debuts in some time.
  6. Oct 30, 2012
    All 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.
  7. Oct 11, 2012
    There's an attractive openness to the album, with no sense of contrivance: he's singing about what he knows. Once he knows a little more, you get the sense he might manage something truly memorable.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 19
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 19
  3. Negative: 5 out of 19
  1. May 3, 2013
    Classic album; 14 songs and the range from ballads to folksy feet stompin toons. Stripped back folk music is the best way to describe. Truly minimalistic in today's music scene. This guy is 2 parts Dylan 1 part Hotel Yorba. Will keep listening for Jake's new stuff. Expand
  2. Apr 4, 2013
    Jake Bugg's debut combines folksy purity with gritty urban storytelling. His music mirrors his many influences Don McLean, Donovan, Bob Dylan, The Beatles while sounding fresh and vibrant. Collapse
  3. Apr 10, 2013
    By 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
  4. Oct 23, 2013
    Nottingham 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
  5. Jan 18, 2014
    Feels like listening to Bob Dylan. His voice is totally captivating, the lyrics are mature, and the music - while simple - does a great job to fit the overall album mood and his singing style.

    For a 19 year old, this is pretty beautiful. I read that his second album wasn't appreciated as his debut, but i'm checking it out anyway.
  6. Feb 20, 2014
    not sure how much Jake Bugg has done in making this record's sound

    On first impressions, Jake Bugg sounds like a breath of fresh air. His
    bluesy guitar and gravelly vocal delivery shout coolness - he's got some catchy stuff and the production on the record gives him a deceptively lo-fi sound. On closer inspection we see that our boy Jake's best material is "co-written" and it becomes clear that the talented Iain Archer is in fact Mr Bugg's puppet master. Bugg has a serious writing and production team behind him who together forge a sound that looks not necessarily back to the 60's but to bands like The La's and Oasis who did look back to the 60's. Noel Gallagher made a career out of stealing hooks and riffs from the Beatles, the Stones and later on the likes of The La's and Dylan. The thing with Gallagher was while the material was never original, Oasis always brought their own personality to the material and made it their own to an extent. Bugg brings none of his own personality to proceedings and you get the feeling that without his A team in the studio, he'd struggle. Only time will tell on that one.

    I could see how a young kid just getting into music might really like this record as its catchy as hell and has a bit of an edge to its sound. However for anyone with a broader musical horizon, you'll have heard it all done before and heard it done much better. I believe Bugg cites Oasis as an influence - while I'd count myself as a fan of some of the Gallagher brothers work, the fact that he cites them as an influence as opposed to their, shall we say "source material" says a lot about his musical awareness. There is enough decent stuff on show for the record to warrant a good score but not sure how much Jake Bugg has done in making the record sound like this. I would class him as an Indie equivalent of Miley Cyrus or one of them - produced for mass consumption by the teenage market.
  7. Oct 16, 2013
    Terrible 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

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