CD review: James Bugg - James Bugg

JAMES BELFIELD
Last updated 05:00 02/12/2012
James Bugg - James Bugg
James Bugg - James Bugg

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JAKE BUGG
Jake Bugg
(Universal)

Nottingham seems to have found its new incarnation of Robin Hood.

Jake Bugg unashamedly steals from his rich musical memory of Dylanesque country-folk blues, skiffle-shuffling Merseybeat and all that's been cool in English guitar-pop over the past 40 years, and gives to the poor, estate-trapped hoodies of broken Britain an authentic and individual voice.

That he's an 18-year-old with a simply incredible turn of phrase and an intuitive way of linking storytelling to emotion was bound to break out the "new Dylan" quips, but the reason why musical giants of the ilk of Noel Gallagher, Chris Martin and Damon Albarn have jumped on board is that - yes, you can hear a little Simon and Garfunkel here and there, a little Bob-blues in his guitar licks - but this Bugg's flying solo. Nothing in recent years has touched his soaring songwriting - this is England: beautiful but bleak, a nation of stories.

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