Long Way Down - Tom Odell

Mixed or average reviews - based on 14 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. Jun 20, 2013
    Odell may well sell a lot of records (though long term, he may not) but as far as art to engage and inspire goes, Long Way Down has precious little to recommend it.
  2. Jun 24, 2013
    Here on Long Way Down, neither of Odell’s gifts [powerful tenor]--or their intimacy--are given space or time, lost instead in a sea of messy arrangements and a sense that, however fatuous, more must certainly mean better.
  3. He specialises in staggeringly banal lyrics ("Grow old with me", "When you hold me in your arms I can feel your heart") delivered in an overwrought cry-baby warble, and song structures with big predictable sub-Keane, sub-Arcade Fire crescendos.
User Score

Generally favorable reviews- based on 19 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. Jun 18, 2014
    There is some originality that Tom Odell lacks, but that isn't the problem. With a few decent tracks such as "Another Love" it does show that his talent is really only in his singing voice, because Tom Odell's songwriting talents are a bit over cliched and dismal. Sure, his emotional voice can really impact you, but most of the time you can't take him seriously with the over-romanticized and almost shirt-tugging lyrics of songs like "Hold Me" or any other track of the album. Now you might say that Adele does the same thing, but she does it well. What Adele has is impactfullness, you will not be impacted by any song on this album, except for "Another Love". If his goal was to create an emotionally deep album, then this is as deep as a kiddie pool. Tom Odell treads in shallow water, so it really isn't a long way down for him. Full Review »
  2. Sep 10, 2013

    'Again, I repeat: this is not a bad record. I'm sure
    it'll bring pleasure to those who know what they like and who like straight forward singer songwriters who perform with passion. That said, due to the few feathers the album has in its cap in terms of variety, lyrical quality and originality; the album is weaker than it could have been. I think it's a long way up for Tom Odell if he wants to build a career off of this record. 6/10' Full Review »
  3. Jul 5, 2013
    Forget the shallow arguments against Tom Odell, 'Long Way Down' is actually a characteristic debut album with some impressive vocal performances and singalong-inducing melodies. It's not innovative and doesn't bring anything new to the table; but it doesn't even have to. Standouts include 'Another Love', 'Can't Pretend', 'I Know', and 'Hold Me'. Full Review »