Bugging out over sophomore album


The first time I listened to Jake Bugg’s self-titled first album, I fell in love. The 19-year-old’s Bob Dylan-esque voice and skill with a guitar were impressive, and the indie/blues vibe was awesome. However, its his lyrics that really grabbed my attention.
Armed with a heavy reverb and a sort of poetic finesse, the teenager sounds mature beyond his years.
His first album, being so packed full of wonderful songs, meant I had some pretty heavy expectations for his sophomore release. He still managed to blow me away as I listened to something as different from the first album as it was wonderful.
“Jake Bugg” had plenty of bluesy riffs, but it also had some slower, sadder songs. “Shangri La,”on the other hand, is much faster paced. It contains more guitar and more of a range in Bugg’s vocals; the songs still have an element of melancholy, however, which just makes the tracks all the more delicious.
The two tunes that stand out most are the vastly different “What Doesn’t Kill You” and “A Song About Love.” The first is a rapid-fire song about living through tough times, and it sounds tough to match. “A Song About Love” is a power ballad that invokes a feeling of nostalgia and sadness that is somehow pleasing.
This ranks as a nearly perfect album (I’d give it 4.5 out of 5 stars, easily.) I strongly recommend giving it a listen.