I have not really listened (or even concentrated) on a Tom Odell album before, I have just heard his new incredible studio album 'Jubilee Road' on Spotify. I remember hearing his single from the album: 'Half As Good as You' about a fort-night ago on the Jonathan Ross Show, and thought to myself 'This is ONE HELL OF AN INCREDIBLE SINGLE' here. The whole album is incredible from begining to end, but one of the most impressive points of this album is how Tom Dowd's songs, piano playing and the incredible music production on this new studio album reminds me of the early music of Elton John and Billy Joel. For me, that is one of the most impressive points of his new studio album. I will not be surprised if this album wins the Mercury Music Prize Next Year for Best British Album of the Year, as well as a few Brits along the way as well.
In 2013 a 21 year old young man delivered his debut album 'Long Way Down' which was a solid work, and then three years later he followed it up with 'Wrong Crowd' which marked an artistic progression, Jubilee Road', Tom Odell's third studio is, in my opinion, his most accomplished record thus far.
His songwriting has also hit a peak, Tom has become quite a good storyteller as the soulful, confessional title track which opens the album confirms, drawing you into concentrate on it's lyrics which convey lots of different feelings and pictures of it's characters in you're mind. The lead single, the romantic 'If You Wanna Love Somebody' follows and picks up the pace, so infectious is this tune, it may well replace 'Another Love' as his signature track. 'Son of an Only Child' provides another uplifting singable moment and then it's back to the beauty of the trademark Tom Odell sound with the stirring and sentimental 'You're Gonna Break My Heart Tonight'.
There are other high points as the record plays on, notably the commercial as anything 'Half As Good As You', a duet a Alice Merton, and the very heartfelt 'Wedding Day'. With this one more than his previous, Tom has a nice balance of songs to cater for each mood because some are slow and touching, whereas others are more upbeat and positive. That instantly identifiable voice he has is really able to convey so much passion in every word and every note that you believe in every word he sings and can almost feel his pain. But it's not just the quality of the songs and vocals that make the lushly produced 'Jubilee Road' so engrossing, it's his ability to play the piano so well that is equally impressive.
Before I hail any new release as the artist's ''best work to date'', I have to listen to it a few times over after I initially form than opinion to confirm it. I have, and can safely say that 'Jubilee Road' takes that title. It's a chilled album, uplifting and bittersweet, and confirms Tom's status as one of the most talented singer-songwriters and musicians in his field.