Albums: new music from George Ezra and Neneh Cherry

George Ezra – Gold Rush Kid


GEORGE Ezra's now highly recognisable voice shines once again on his third studio album, which opens with the joyful piano sounds of single Anyone For You.

The titular track and Don't Give Up also show off Ezra's impressive bass baritone vocals with a more electronic feel to his usual big band sounds. However, even with the experimentation, a catchy chorus is never far away.

Despite the initial upbeat feel to the record, Ezra offers some slower tracks as the album progresses, including the likes of Fell in Love at the End of the World and I Went Hunting.

Sadly, In The Morning feels slightly out of place on the record and the frequent repetition doesn't land as well as expected.

Ultimately, Ezra has undoubtedly provided listeners with a powerful reminder of his vocal capabilities, but a punchier climax may have helped it make more of a lasting impression.

Rating: 3/5


NENEH Cherry's sixth album features collaborations with a variety of artists, opening with a new version of her 1988 hit Buffalo Stance featuring fellow Swede, Mapei.

Manchild, featuring Australian singer-songwriter Sia, brings a slightly more intense feel to the album, but successfully maintains the upbeat vibe and lands well.

Despite a slightly odd feel from a couple of the tracks, most notably Woman with its jarring opening against slow and emotive vocals from Anohni, the record is an appropriate release for the summer months and would be well suited as the soundtrack to a sunny day.

Buddy X featuring Greentea Peng feels very 'of the moment' while maintaining unique sounds and enjoyably inventive lyrics. As the album progresses the tracks offer a more electronic feel, culminating with a climactic remix of Buddy X by American DJ Honey Dijon.

Rating: 4/5

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