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Singer-song­writer’s sat­is­fy­ing, slightly con­cep­tual third. If 2013’ s plat­inum-sell­ing Long Way Down sug­gested Tom Odell was a gen­uine con­tender, three years later, the elec­tronic flour­ishes of Wrong Crowd felt like the wrong al­bum at the wrong time. Third time around, he fled to an East Lon­don ter­raced house and wrote an al­bum fo­cused around the lo­cal com­mu­nity. Ju­bilee Road is full of char­ac­ters (the ti­tle track is a hip­ster ver­sion of Billy Joel’s Scenes From An Ital­ian Restau­rant) and veers from bal­lads such as Queen Of Di­a­monds, to swinga­long sin­ga­longs, via Half As Good As You, a fin­ger-point­ing duet with Ger­man singer Alice Mer­ton. Odell’s Boy Ge­orge-like vo­cals bring warmth and when he pulls the emo­tional trig­ger, it’s sur­pris­ingly mov­ing. A singer-song­writer de­liv­er­ing on both fronts. ★★★★ JO JOHN AIZLEWOOD Lis­ten To: Queen Of Di­a­monds | Half As Good As You | Ju­bilee Road

“Glad you could make it!” Tom Odell turns his sights on the neigh­bours.

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