Shangri La - Jake Bugg
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  • Summary: The second release for the British singer-songwriter was produced by Rick Rubin in Malibu.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 16
  2. Negative: 1 out of 16
  1. 100
    If it's not quite the jump from Bob Dylan to The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan, it's the closest recent equivalent, a prodigious rate of development for such a tyro talent, all the more remarkable for not being reliant on significant musical progression, so much as raw songwriting ability.
  2. Nov 18, 2013
    80
    Smug, smarmy, metropolitan critics might declare the album generic and derivative, but the kid undeniably has tunes--more tunes than such people have ever written even in their wildest rock star fantasies.
  3. Nov 21, 2013
    80
    The diversity and quality of his songwriting should be even harder to ignore on this second. [Dec 2013, p.84]
  4. 60
    Shangri La is basically more of the same, and for many of his fans, that’ll be more than enough. It would be a shame, however, if it was enough for Bugg, too.
  5. Nov 20, 2013
    50
    Though Shangri La is at least entertaining, it’s without that lasting, killer incision that will guarantee longevity.
  6. Feb 3, 2014
    40
    As much as the album’s production seems to (want to) suggest Bugg’s artistic growth, the songs, when you pick them apart, don’t show much in the way of maturation.
  7. Nov 19, 2013
    37
    The result isn't the clean-up job it might've been; Bugg, 19, still sings with a nasal edge that wouldn't last more than a round on "American Idol." Yet the songwriting here feels more evened-out, less appealingly pugnacious than it did last time.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 17
  2. Negative: 1 out of 17
  1. Jun 20, 2014
    10
    A crítica pode não ter o aclamado como aclamou seu album de estréia,mas o album não foi descepcionante,veio com mais guitarra,menos folk,Rick Rubin soube manusear esse menino.
    Tinha medo de ele vir com um péssimo album,mas veio com um tão bom quanto o primeiro.
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  2. Dec 5, 2013
    10
    This album did not only blow away my expectations but will increase them for the next album. Jake Bugg expresses his song writing talents in each song on this album. His meaningful lyrics in songs such as Pine Trees and Kitchen Table show the real Bugg. Mr. Kennedy has done it again. Expand
  3. Nov 19, 2013
    9
    Jake Bugg might be young but he is a better musician than many other people claiming to be artists out there today. Following his much-praised debut efforts, "Shangri La" offers a collection of songs that make it really hard, at least for me, to believe this is delivered by a guy two years younger than me. "There’s a Beast and We All Feed It" is probably one of the most interesting indie rock/folk song I've ever heard for quite some times now. While I do feel like the album is slightly anticlimactic, I feel like the hype that has been surrounding the release was not exaggerated at all. Expand
  4. Nov 22, 2013
    8
    Great second outing for Jake Bugg. For me the same as the first album as in there are tunes that just grab you and tunes that are growers. I cant believe some of the negative stuff in reviews from so called critics harsh to say the least. "wouldn't last more than a round on "American Idol." If I was Mr Bugg Id take that as a solid compliment. Trash talent show fodder he aint. only negative I do agree with one of the other users Rubin doesn't do it for me. I do prefer less production on his tunes. Expand
  5. Jul 22, 2014
    7
    It may not be as great and fresh as it's predecessor, but Jake manages to explore his style and make the album diverse and fun. I can't wait for his next album. Expand
  6. Jun 22, 2014
    6
    If I'm at my most honest here, I think, despite some great moments, the old 'second-album-syndrome' seems to have caught up with Jake. That's the annoying thing really though, how someone releases a really good debut album, gets a good range of success, and then feels too rushed into a new one. Expand
  7. May 26, 2014
    3
    Jake Bugg loves to spout off about the superficiality of modern music while peddling social commentary so facile it makes Taio Cruz sound like Chomsky. "The messed up kids are on the corner with no money/ Beautiful girls with eyes so dark beneath their sockets," whines Bugg, as if poverty was something he discovered after reading Junk in year 10. Jake Bugg claims to be an enemy of contemporary culture, but he's really an enemy of complexity and anything that isn't just bashing a guitar going "It's **** isn't it" ? Expand

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