Tom Odell – 'Long Way Down' album review

An accomplished, fully formed pop record that'll assure the singer-songwriter's ubiquity

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<strong>Rating: </strong>3/5


Tom Odell is a 22-year-old from Chichester who followed in the footsteps of Adele, Emeli Sandé and Jessie J by picking up the Critics’ Choice award at the Brits earlier this year. This accolade has led to front row seats on catwalks, and Taylor Swift cosy-ups. In other words, Odell’s seat on the A-list bus is already reserved, with this debut album ensuring the blonde singer-songwriter’s ubiquity. It’s an accomplished and fully formed piano pop record that should have Chris Martin quaking in his natural-fibre boots.

A couple of cursory listens to ‘Another Love’, the next single to be taken from ‘Long Way Down’, will have you humming it for the rest of the day. It is just one catchy track, however, from an album of earworm pop songs with profound undertones. Elton John tinkles are teamed with Jeff Buckley angst and Arcade Fire soaring choruses to create a break-up album that bypasses the brain and beelines straight for your heart. Listening to the rousing piano of ‘Hold Me’ you can already the picture main stage festival sing-alongs and ‘big moment’ reality TV decisions. ‘Grow Old With Me’ is chock-full of endearingly clichéd lines about pulling sheets over cold feet, and evokes youthful innocence rather than major label tinkering. A few mid-album lulls expose Odell’s inexperience, but overall this is a debut that should keep him on the bus to stardom for many more stops to come.

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BRITISH SUMMER TIME: Neil Young And Crazy Horse

  • Critics choice

Neil Young and Crazy Horse, The National, Tom Odell, Half Moon Run, Caitlin Rose, Lucy Rose, Phospherescent, Ethan Johns, Flyte, The Webb Sisters, Jack Savoretti, To Kill a King. After a successful first run last year featuring The Rolling Stones and Lionel Richie among others, this big summer bash is back in Hyde Park. Tonight's headliner is legendary Canadian heartland-rocker Neil Young with his long-running band Crazy Horse, busting out lengthy, grungy country-rock jams and classic ballads like 'Powderfinger' and 'Hey Hey, My My', all with the volume and distortion cranked up to the maximum and with Young singing like a drowning man. Also booked for this Saturday event are Ohioan rock band The National playing from 'Trouble Will Find Me', one of our favourite albums of 2013, plus Midlake, Tom Odell, Caitlin Rose, Phosphorescent, Bruno Major and Flyte.

  1. Hyde Park
  2. Sat Jul 12
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See Tom Odell live in London

BRITISH SUMMER TIME: Neil Young And Crazy Horse

  • Critics choice

Neil Young and Crazy Horse, The National, Tom Odell, Half Moon Run, Caitlin Rose, Lucy Rose, Phospherescent, Ethan Johns, Flyte, The Webb Sisters, Jack Savoretti, To Kill a King. After a successful

  1. Hyde Park
  2. Sat Jul 12
Buy tickets

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