Yesterday I read an appalling review of Tom Odell's debut album 'Long Way Down' on the NME website and it really struck a cord with me. I don't mean an appalling review of the album itself, I mean the tone it had been written in. Don't get me wrong... I'm well aware that everybody has their own individual music taste, but to show such barefaced disrespect to an artist in a review written clearly with an agenda really knocked NME down a peg or two in my books. This particular review really inspired me to get my own voice out in the public domain, to be heard by anybody who was interested in listening. And so What Emily Loves was born... hello!
ANYWAY, on with the review. I have waited excitedly for the release of 'Long Way Down' ever since I heard the 'Songs From Another Love' EP late last year and fell instantly in love with his emotion-filled vocals. I have listened to it on repeat over the past couple of weeks and I can honestly say I can't get enough of it.
Photograph taken from www.tomodell.com
'Another Love' is the first track I ever heard by Odell, I loved it from the first listen and it's harmonies still give me chills now. 'Can't Pretend' is another brilliant track, it's quite dark but not in a slit-your-wrists morbid kind of way. 'I Think It's Going To Rain Today' is another beautiful little track on the album, made up of just fragile vocals and delicate keyboard sounds.
I think the album overall is perfect for lazy Sunday morning listening, or maybe a relaxing accompaniment to a bubble bath and some well deserved down time. Sadness runs throughout the album but it's nothing too tragic that will make you want to crawl into bed and wallow in self-pity so don't be afraid to give it a listen.
- 'Grow Old With Me'
- 'Another Love'
- 'Supposed To Be'
Have you listened to this album? What are your thoughts?