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Home Again is the accomplished debut by Londoner Michael Kiwanuka. Lush and mellow, the album blends acoustic folk and retro soul with jazzy embellishments. It’s an easy album to get into. The first track, “Tell Me a Tale,” opens with a brisk flurry of notes from a flute before acoustic guitar, bass, piano, and drums fall in. By the time Kiwanuka’s smooth, honey-rich voice rings out, you’re hooked. Joining later are horns, organ, and strings, making an organic template that’s used for the rest of the recording. Each song is well-crafted and carefully arranged, and they sound familiar and fresh all at once. “Bones” is a clever cross between countrypolitan and doo-wop. “Always Waiting” and “I Won’t Lie” are densely textured ballads, while “Rest” and the title track are sophisticated, laid-back pop tunes that would have worked on AM radio in the '70s and certainly work now. Even songs with world-weary lyrics, such as “Worry Walks Beside Me,” come across as more redemptive than downer thanks to the melody's easy flow. Home Again is a strong debut from an undeniable talent.

Customer Reviews

Michael K

I'm just stumbling through new music, and this pops up?! Are you kidding me? This is fantastic; I got a feeling about this guy....and my first review... Lucky me.


Love this. Just want to close my eyes and sink into it.

Wishing I had this on vinyl!

What smooth, soothing, and strong sounds. To avoid clichés, I won't list all the voices I am hearing throughout Kiwanuka's singing. But the voices are there! This is an amazing album! Hard to believe this did not get recorded in the mid-60's in a Motown studio.


Born: 1987 in London, England

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '00s, '10s

With his acoustic blues-folk sound and timeless soulful voice, singer/songwriter Michael Kiwanuka has been favorably compared to Curtis Mayfield, Terry Callier, and Van Morrison. He was born in Muswell Hill, London in 1987, to Ugandan parents who had fled Idi Amin's regime in the '70s. He initially developed a love of rock music -- in particular, Radiohead and Nirvana -- and he performed in various cover bands while briefly studying jazz at the Royal Academy of Music and pop music at Westminster...
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