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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
    80
    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
    80
    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
    78
    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
    70
    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
    60
    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: 20 out of 25
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 25
  3. Negative: 5 out of 25
  1. Apr 10, 2013
    10
    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,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
  2. Jul 21, 2014
    10
    Simplicity is best as always. Jake Bugg has his own style. You know who he is if you listen to his music. He doesn't camouflage his musicSimplicity is best as always. Jake Bugg has his own style. You know who he is if you listen to his music. He doesn't camouflage his music behind a business persona. He is his music and that's all you can ask for from a musician. He delivers personal messages in his lyrics and the beats are catchy and well in tune with his vocals. You can feel bits of Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Elvis Presley singing the blues, Muddy Waters, etc. All in all, this album is well worth it. Expand
  3. Nov 23, 2012
    10
    Great album.Poetic social realism .With a distinctive sound that's certain to have mass appeal, this teen troubadour is set to smash it.Bugg'sGreat album.Poetic social realism .With a distinctive sound that's certain to have mass appeal, this teen troubadour is set to smash it.Bugg's voice, usually accompanied by little more than an acoustic guitar, takes on a preternatural wisdom. Expand
  4. Apr 4, 2013
    10
    Jake Bugg's debut combines folksy purity with gritty urban storytelling. His music mirrors his many influences Don McLean, Donovan, BobJake 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. Expand
  5. Oct 23, 2013
    9
    Nottingham Singer-Songwriter Jake Bugg unleashes undeniable talent and heart on his eponymous debut, where he draws influences from artistsNottingham 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
  6. Jan 7, 2013
    9
    In the way "Definitely Maybe" opened with "Rock and Roll Star" an instant classic, "Jake Bugg" opens with "Lightning Bolt" an instantlyIn 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

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