There's always a danger with NME headliners, and so much pressure on his debut album from the recent A&R explosion could hinder rather than help his career. In the face of this, he delivers a superb first offering.
Combining bits of grunge, bits of electro, weaving them between his tightly programmed beats and killer rhythms, the album is anything but disappointing. Multi instrumentalist Tom recorded the album as a solo project: a bit of a more modern one-man-band swapping banjos for samplers, demonstrating his technical prowess and ear for great riffs and fantastic melody.
The only problem is that the album isn't instantly accessible. I think you really need to see him on stage to truly fall in love with the music. With his band and their inimitable stage presence (check the drummer's facial gymnastics!) they're unstoppable, and the live set unlocks the genius of the writing.
Still, when given time, 'We Have Sound' unfolds its achievement. The electric 'Nothing But Green Lights' is in my opinion the highlight, alongside the fine slap bass of 'If You Want' and the simply fantastic 'I Ain't Sayin My Goodbyes'. Tom's vocals aren't technically amazing, but in the context of his writing and performance, they work perfectly adding the finishing touch to his unique style. Definite proof of a huge talent, and anyway, what great albums are instant? Give it time and it'll give you a lot more in return.