Long Way Down - Tom Odell
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  • Summary: This is the debut full-length release for the British singer-songwriter who won the 2013 BRITs Critic Choice Award.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 14
  2. Negative: 3 out of 14
  1. Long Way Down has just enough flaws to show that Odell has room to grow and progress. If you listen to one pop album this year, this is a pretty good bet.
  2. Jun 18, 2013
    Stripped back to vocals, drums and piano not a million miles from Nick Cave's Boatman's Call, of 10 tracks, not one's a duffer. [May 2013, p.87]
  3. Jun 20, 2013
    There's also something a little too contained, cling-filmed and... Keane-ey about it's measured percussion and guitar swells. Which leaves you feeling that although this is a very good record by a very talented young artist, it's probably not a patch on catching him live.
  4. Jun 18, 2013
    There are too many songs here set to the same humdrum pace. But those are the sort of flaws you expect from a debut. [May 2013, p.112]
  5. Jun 20, 2013
    He may yet rise above the glut of similar-sounding Sheehans, Buggs and Mumfords, but hasn't yet found his voice.
  6. Jun 18, 2013
    For the most part, though, Long Way Down is relentless in its pursuit of a teen audience easily won over by a sensitive man-boy who knows his way around a piano. [May 2013, p.75]
  7. 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.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 4
  2. Negative: 0 out of 4
  1. 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'. Expand
  2. Jun 29, 2013
    Good, sing along tracks. Nothing ground breaking.
    I get the feeling there is a lot more to come this guy, and this album does not do him
    justice. Hopefully I'm right. Collapse
  3. 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' Expand
  4. 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. Expand