JUBILEE ROAD COLUMBIA, OUT 12 OCTOBER
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.