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    Jake Bugg - Shangri-La

    Jake Bugg - Shangri-La

    At the start you might mistake the sound for Jake Bugg’s self-titled debut, but it’s not – it’s his second album Shangri-La… honest.

    The folk is strong with this one, and there’s no denying Bugg is growing out of his puppy teeth with Shangri-La and embracing his electric-indie personality. I’ll be honest, ‘A Song About Love’ was when I properly started paying attention. The pacing is neat, there’s some cracking guitar work on ‘All Your Reasons’ and ‘Kingpin’, and the song-writing throughout is just damn reliable. A little too la-di-da by ‘Pine Trees’, but ‘Simple Pleasures’ brings it back with a hint of indie-rock in a slow dance setting. It’s a little frustrating actually as it’s a very controlled, even sound throughout the album, but once in a while you just want him to break out and scream something!

    Considering our Bugg was only just beaten to the number one spot by none other than Robbie Williams, the quality in Shangri-La is assured. It’s no surprise why a lad so young has such a well stitched second album already but there are no surprises in the album. All hail to the Second-Dylan-Coming, or at least the potential of it.

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