Album: Tom Odell, Long Way Down (Columbia)

Simon Price
Saturday 22 June 2013 18:38
Comments

There was much amusement in the Twitterverse this week after Odell's father rang NME to complain about its 0/10 review of Long Way Down.

A shamelessly showy act by the magazine, pretending to still have teeth by tokenistically savaging a Heart FM-targeted artist while remaining safely sycophantic towards its core indie darlings. But, truth be told, Odell's debut barely deserves a higher mark.

The winsome, watery West Sussex singer-pianist rose to prominence in January when the music media, in one of those baffling, stop-the-world-I-want-to-get-off decisions which are increasingly common, chose to elect him Critic's Choice at the Brit Awards.

He specialises in staggeringly banal lyrics ("Grow old with me", "When you hold me in your arms I can feel your heart") delivered in an overwrought cry-baby warble, and song structures with big predictable sub-Keane, sub-Arcade Fire crescendos.

And his redundant, point-missing cover of Randy Newman's "I Think it's Going to Rain Today" recalls the line from Paul Calf's video diary, "I'd rather see Dave Lee Travis play Macbeth."

Long Way Down is professionally made, radio-friendly and pretty much a guaranteed commercial success. And it stinks.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies

Comments

Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in