Jake Bugg - Jake Bugg
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Generally favorable reviews- based on 72 Ratings

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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: 15 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 5 out of 20
  1. Jul 11, 2013
    10
    You'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.
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  2. Apr 4, 2013
    10
    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. Expand
  3. 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, 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. 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 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
  5. Jan 18, 2014
    8
    It's really incredible to know, despite the course that music is taking today among young recording artists, there's a little ray of light. At least, 19 year-old singer-songwriter Bugg is showing us that hope is the last thing to get lost. Making a journey from raspy Dylan's voice in the 60's until the magnificient explosion of Gallagher brothers in the 90's, this boy sings with no borders. This is just in diapers. With a huge security, Bugg is for big things. Collapse
  6. Nov 18, 2013
    8
    Jake Bugg's voice sounds nostalgic and angry at the same time, creating a sweet but powerful atmosphere in all his songs, that follow a single rythm and style throughout the album. His lyrics are creative and socially-meaningful, his range stays calm in all the notes, and his variations make some songs a little more interesting than others. I really enjoyed this 70's-style country indie folk CD and I'm glad to hear that it received several good critics in the media and people. Can't wait to listen to his second album and see what he's been up to. Expand
  7. Oct 16, 2013
    0
    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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