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The Nottingham boy continues his raucous journey into the sounds of the ‘60s with a second album packed with folk, skiffle, rock’n’roll and indie references, its evocative name owing to from the Malibu studio he recorded it in. More mature than his debut, fans will be pleased with the continued Dylan-styled staccato urgency of “There’s A Beast and We All Feed It.” Meanwhile, “Me and You” serves up throwback bittersweet bluegrass with gently swaggering bass and “All Your Reasons” is a shady indie track inspired by Don McLean (although we hear vintage Brit Pop).

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The NME are so clueless it actually hurts. This album is extremely good and is at the same standard (if not higher) as the first album! Saw him in Manchester last week and he was so fantastic, can't stop playing it

Very Good (but not as good as it could be)

Crap sandwich time: Good-Bad-Good.

This album has everything I wanted; some brash and busy numbers, some honest and cutting lyrics, some beautiful melodies and an excellent showcase of JB's guitar skills. 'Me and You', 'Messed Up Kids', & 'Kitchen Table' are the highlights for me. There is some impressive variance in style, as well as some of the good old fashioned stuff we're used to.

BUT - I think Jake maybe rushed this out a bit. Some of the songs could be cut down. If he'd spent 6 more months thinking about really making the essential bits count and leaving less filler I think he'd have a better LP. It's 4 minutes longer than the first album, and in music that is quite a long time. I also think Rick Rubin was the wrong producer. It's not the general quality of the songs (which are mainly excellent) but more about this albums reluctance to let Jake do what he does best - sing fantastic songs, just him and an acoustic guitar - and it's insistence on slapping some bland sounds over/behind him that has knocked a star off. For example, having seen "Song About Love" live I thought it would be my favourite tune on the album but they've really overproduced it and it's lost it's magic a bit!

But, I still think overall it's very good, so I give it 4/5. I'm being really picky on what is a fantastic second album. He's learning so much as his life changes at a ridiculous pace, and you can hear it in his music. People will say he's "lost touch" but seriously what do they expect - he's not a robot! He has to write the life he lives, not the one he escaped!

I hope he takes a good three years on his next LP, and smashes out a real classic because it's clear this NINETEEN year old has got bags and bags of talent.

Massive second album!

When I heard he was releasing his second album after just one year of his debut, I didn't know what to expect. To be honest I thought it was going to be just like his first album (which is excellent) as he'd been touring therefore I wasn't expecting a new sound. Well, I was wrong as this second album is different when it comes to instrumentals and vocals.

This second album is more intense; it's rockier, he screams more and plays more with his voice. His lyrics haven't changed that much but it doesn't bother me at all as they are meaningful to him. I feel this is an excellent album filled with ballads ("A Song About Love"), soft rock tracks ("Kitchen Table", "Simple Pleasures"), acoustic songs ("Pine Trees", "Storm Passes Away") and energetic tunes ("Kingpin", "Slumville Sunrise", "What Doesn't Kill You").

I really like the fact he writes his own music and he wouldn't put out something he wouldn't believe in. I think his songs are lyrically really mature and varied and I think he has a really good voice.

There are some songs that remind me of his first album but are still a bit different and good:

"Broken" -> "A Song About Love"

"Trouble Town" -> "There's A Beast and We All Feed It".

I highly recommend this album if you like Rock/Alternavitve music and/or Jake Bugg.


Born: 28 February 1994 in Nottingham, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Raised on a steady diet of the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, and the brothers Gallagher, English singer/songwriter Jake Bugg blends the melodious, working-class swagger of the La's and the primal, bluesy simplicity of the White Stripes with the wry, weathered romanticism of Jens Lekman. Born in Nottingham, Bugg picked up the guitar at the age of 12, and within a year he was composing his own songs. Disinterested in the hip-hop and grime that dominated the listening habits of his peers, he turned...
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