Album: Jake Bugg, Jake Bugg (Mercury)

Click to follow
The Independent Culture

"Tonight Matthew, I'm going to be … Bob Dylan!" could well precede a few of the tracks on Bugg's debut album.

But sounding like Dylan (or Oasis for that matter) is hardly a criticism. Bugg's folksy blues might be stubbornly retro but who cares when it's this good? Ten out of 14 tracks are outstanding, especially considering Bugg's only 18. And in a funny way, some pared-back rock'n'roll feels fresh in the sea of Auto-Tuned bleeps that passes for pop music.