Friday, July 12, 2013

5 Albums Not Enough People Have Been Talking About So Far This Year

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Jake Bugg - Jake Bugg

To say no one's been talking about young British troubadour Jake Bugg would be a drastic understatement; his self-titled debut landed at the top of the UK charts when it was released last year. It seems here in the U.S., where it's only been available since spring, the indie sect has been hesitate to embrace it, though. His approach is a shier, less-done-up one than the arena-fitted strain of folk that has swollen in popularity in recent years, giving respite to anyone needing to pretend they hate Mumford & Sons when wanting to hear something from the genre. "Trouble Town" sounds like a one-man Beatles B-side; "Seen It All" could be a track from Conor Oberst's time with the Mystic Valley Band. It's the guileless vulnerability of songs like "Simple as This" and "Country Song" that make Bugg something special though. His guileless vulnerability cuts through everything else.

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