Friday, April 19, 2013

Jake Bugg - Lightning Bolt

Only twice in my life have I scored a jem by listening to an album in a music store listening station.  The first time I was blown away by Nirvana's Nevermind.  It had not really hit the airwaves yet but some genius clerk at CD Warehouse in Ottawa heard it and stuck it in the listening station for me and others to discover.  Most recently, I saw a CD cover of a young kid that looked like a junior Keith Richards already wearing what might be an ounce of his life experience on his face.  What I briefly heard was a very raw sound which seemed to come from a throw-back folky rocker from the 70's.  I heard tonnes of 60 and 70 influences in his music. This intrigued me enough to pick it up and boy am I lucky I did.  This kid is going to be huge if he sticks with it.  Every tune on his CD is listenable and carries some redeeming qualities and hints as to where he can take his skills next.  His lyrics are way beyond his years (and 95% of the artists already out there) and I can't wait to see where he is going to go from here.  Just listen to the insight of the lyrics in this catchy little Dylan sounding tune.

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