AKA: JAMIE ALEXANDER TREAYS
SOUND: ALTERNAITVE/INDIE ROCK, HIP HOP
'Tinfoil Boy' is a rough initiation into the album, aggressive and nightmarish, yet with a very cinematic feel. Like an ominous storm, the song builds to a thunderous chorus, its harsh, angular sounds leaving you with an uneasy feeling. The intensity sustains with 'Drone Strike', a hip hop track with a distorted bass line which Jamie T screams over.
There's more than a few tunes with a distinctively 1970s punk influence. An ode to consumerist culture, 'Tescoland' deceptively bubbles along whilst disguising some sinister undertones. Meanwhile, 'Robin Hood' is a very unobscured homage to The Clash, with a wickedly lively telling of Johnny the bank robber and the love of his life.
'Solomon Eagle' soars above many of the other tracks, telling the tale of an antihero in a brutal city with an intimate relationship with the devil. Doing what he does best, Jamie T keeps the album strong to the very end; closing track 'Crossfire Love' is reminiscent of the musician's earlier work, as he raps his tightly-penned yet passionate lyrics to bring the album to something of an optimistic conclusion.
Doing what he does best, Jamie T keeps the album strong to the very end.
The brilliance of Jamie T's music lies in his ability to gel a number of genres together into a truly unique style. 'Trick' is certainly a maturation for the artist, whilst still retaining a healthy handful of his characteristic cheekiness and controversy. This album is a new kind of beast, melding together techniques learned over the past decade with something more sombre and unsettling. In no way does this take away from the awe-inspiring songs produced; it simply shows a shift in perspective for Jamie T.
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