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A great artist's addictive debut
on 8 May 2015
Jamie T's edgy debut album 'Panic Prevention', named after of the panic attacks he suffered when he was younger (now I am able to relate to this), has to ability to relive some of the 'panic' for me every time I play it, so the title is most apt in at least two ways. Jamie is a talented guy who sure knows how to make fun indie-rock music, in the same style of the Arctic Monkeys, the Libertines, and newer bands such as Peace, and Catfish and the Bottlemen.
I bought 'Panic Prevention' at the time, in early 2007, on the strength of the hit singles 'Sheila', 'If You've Got the Money' and 'Calm Down Dearest', all great tunes, but the rest of the album didn't let me down either. 'Brand New Bass Guitar' is the perfect opener, and 'Back in the Game' is my hands down favourite Jamie T song here.
With witty lyrics, consistent 'street' slang, and quirky yet serious songs about normal life experiences that are so relatable to the listener, not to mention the way this lad sings them in such a down-to-earth way, this is music that I can play over again, and it still sounds fresh and exciting. It's a unique sound certainly, and a brilliant, accomplished album from a true musician. Jamie T's strong South London accent on each of these tracks, laddish charm, as well as the short, witty, expletive comments he makes afterwards, only helps to make 'Panic Prevention' sound even better.
Well done Jamie, who clearly hasn't let his illness grain him down, and prevent him from making such good music.