The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - CORMAC LARKIN


Mem­bran “Much-an­tic­i­pated” is a term much-abused by mu­sic pub­li­cists, but it ap­plies to Ja­cob Collier’s de­but al­bum. The Lon­don-born multi-in­stru­men­tal­ist be­came a YouTube sen­sa­tion at the age of 17 with his mul­ti­tracked a capella per­for­mances of Ste­vie Won­der tunes. Great things were con­fi­dently pre­dicted, but Collier wasn’t in any rush. He has spent the en­su­ing five years fur­ther de­vel­op­ing his unique con­cept (with a lit­tle help from his new best friend, pro­ducer Quincy Jones). His of­fi­cial de­but, recorded en­tirely in the Collier fam­ily home, de­liv­ers on that early prom­ise. If there are par­al­lels, it is with other mu­si­cal poly­maths such as Won­der, Prince and Her­meto Pas­coal, but dis­cernible also are the seeds of a fine jazz com­poser and pi­anist. So, yes, there’s hype. But so far, so richly de­served. ja­cob­col­lier.co.uk

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