SOUND JUDGE­MENT

THE LAT­EST AL­BUM RE­LEASES RATED AND RE­VIEWED

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JESS GLYNNE

AL­WAYS IN BE­TWEEN HHHH H EAR­LIER this year, the 28-year-old Lon­doner be­came the first Bri­tish fe­male solo artist to score seven num­ber one sin­gles thanks to I’ll Be There. The new al­bum’s lead sin­gle, is ad­mit­tedly a strong song, but one that could be de­scribed as a se­quel to 2015’s Hold My Hand. How­ever, her sec­ond al­bum of­fers up so much more as Glynne mixes it up, of­fer­ing sur­prises that go above and be­yond its lead sin­gle.

No One is full of an­tic­i­pa­tion with an in­fec­tious beat that builds to each cho­rus, show­ing off the singer’s brawny vo­cals, while an­themic Thurs­day strikes a chord by slow­ing things down. Ska-tainted, groovy 123 is a nice change of pace for Glynne, Rollin’ is a splen­did dance pop-meets-coun­try ef­fort. Won’t Say No is the real high­light, a grubby, dubby, edgy 1990s pop-sound­ing song.

RICK WAKEMAN PI­ANO ODYSSEY

HHH HH AF­TER nearly 50 years of tour­ing, trav­el­ling and record­ing with stars like David Bowie and Cat Stevens, you could be for­given for think­ing Rick Wakeman de­serves a chance to in­dulge him­self. And that’s ex­actly what the key­boardist does on his new al­bum which sees him eschew his trusty ar­ray of moogs, and key­boards in favour of the grand pi­ano.

Wakeman is best known as the key­boardist for Yes, and there­fore as a pi­o­neer of pro­gres­sive rock. But if Wakeman is any­thing on Pi­ano Odyssey, he’s re­gres­sive, tak­ing on well-worn clas­sics and opt­ing for pleas­ingly un­com­pli­cated ar­range­ments. More an ex­er­cise in ex­per­i­men­ta­tion, Pi­ano Odyssey won’t take lis­ten­ers any­where un­com­fort­able, sur­pris­ing or even new but it is un­de­ni­ably sat­is­fy­ing to hear a vir­tu­oso like Wakeman get his hands on these clas­sic songs.

TOM ODELL

JUBILEE ROAD HH HHH IT has been six years since hit sin­gle An­other Love burst into our speak­ers. A num­ber one al­bum, a num­ber two al­bum and a world tour fol­lowed. Even a muted crit­i­cal re­sponse couldn’t dull his shine.

The 27-year-old has a great voice but with­out song­writ­ing chops his rasp­ing tones can come to lit­tle. Ker­nels of great songs ex­ist here but there’s much else miss­ing.

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