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Hearts That Strain CD by Jake Bugg 1Disc
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Album: Hearts That Strain CD by Jake Bugg 1Disc
# Song Title   Time
1)    How Soon the Dawn
2)    Southern Rain
3)    In the Event of My Demise
4)    This Time
5)    Waiting
6)    Man on Stage, The
7)    Hearts That Strain
8)    Burn Alone
9)    Indigo Blue
10)    Bigger Lover
11)    Every Colour in the World
 

Album: Hearts That Strain CD by Jake Bugg 1Disc
# Song Title   Time
1)    How Soon the Dawn
2)    Southern Rain
3)    In the Event of My Demise
4)    This Time
5)    Waiting
6)    Man on Stage, The
7)    Hearts That Strain
8)    Burn Alone
9)    Indigo Blue
10)    Bigger Lover
11)    Every Colour in the World
 
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  • Audio Mixer: David Ferguson .
  • Photographers: Matt Sweeney; Jesse Lirola; Keith Armstrong .
  • Britain's Jake Bugg sidesteps the electronic textures of 2016's On My One and settles comfortably into a vintage '60s and '70s AM pop vibe on his lyrical fourth studio album, 2017's Hearts That Strain. Having burst onto the scene in 2011 as a preternaturally gifted teen singer/guitarist with a knack for balancing Bob Dylan-style folk musings with a rootsy, Lead Belly-esque acoustic blues twang, Bugg has only matured in the years since. On albums prior to the aberrant, contemporary-leaning On My One, Bugg always sounded like he was born into the wrong decade. For fans of vintage-inspired folk and blues, that was a good thing, and those same fans will probably find much to enjoy here. Recorded in Nashville with the Black Keys' Dan Auerbach producing, Hearts That Strain is an organically crafted, immaculately arranged set of original songs that all sound like they easily could have been recorded at Olympic Studios in 1970. These are languid, poetic compositions, largely inspired by the melodic, Americana-informed pop of '60s songwriters like Jimmy Webb and Lee Hazlewood. Cuts like the breezy "How Soon the Dawn" and the rambling country piano tune "Southern Rain" showcase Bugg's sweet, half-lidded croon. They sound like a charmingly preposterous and in all ways delightful amalgam of the '70s soft rock outfit America and the British Invasion melodicism of Gerry & the Pacemakers -- a happy accident of Bugg's collaborative efforts with Auerbach. Whether this is the definitive sound Bugg will stick with or just a product of him working through his influences, the results ring true. Auerbach certainly knows how to evince that old-school studio atmosphere, draping Bugg in goosebumpy strings on the dramatic ballad "The Man on Stage" and conjuring his own brand of the Phil Spector Wall of Sound on the Walker Brothers-esque "Bigger Lover." Bugg and Auerbach also highlight the Nashville milieu of the sessions, bringing on board Noah Cyrus (Miley's younger sister) for the grand country-soul duet "Waiting." What's great about Bugg and Auerbach's backward-looking vibe is that, even though they nail the period aesthetic, the album never comes off as a slavish museum piece. It feels instead as if they somehow rediscovered this sound, like an old coat picked out of the attic that looks as perfect with a modern ensemble as it did in its own heyday. ~ Matt Collar
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