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EP Review: Jake Bugg, Messed Up kids PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sam Lightle   
14 07 2014
ImageSince bursting onto the scene Jake Bugg has developed massively as a folk musician, with his hunger and desire originating from the great Don Mclean, whose guest appearance on The Simpson's surprisingly gave Jake the inspiration to pick up a guitar for the first time. 

Fast forward a couple of years and here we are, with Jake revealing off the world-wide success of his self-titled debut LP and then ‘Shangri La'. With hit singles ‘Two Fingers' and Lightning Bolt' running their course, later buoyed on by ‘Broken' and then the resurgence of ‘Slumville Sunrise', we have been shown the true depth of Bugg's talents.

However, whether its just me in this, I get the impression Bugg's unique vocal twangs are lost in faster paced songs, as his soulful voice really blossoms in ‘Country Song' and ‘Broken', while it seems to struggle to lay any impetuous in ‘Slumville Sunrise'. However, take nothing away from the chords and the way he delivers it as it's expertly done.

And this EP, ‘Messed Up Kids' is more the same. Spanning four tracks, the EP's namesake track ‘Messed Up Kids' starts things off with its lively, upbeat opening which filters into a canny old riff.  While etched beneath that are crushing combinations of words that leave you in a state of shock. Bugg sings from the heart - his way of life is clear, he has been there and experienced things first hand and ‘Messed Up Kids' is his exhilarating take on that.

‘A Change In The Air', is a folk fuelled tune that lays close to Bugg's heart. The harmonies allow his voice to blossom to it's true worth. It's a busy acoustic track with the use of maracas and other percussions, but not as heavy or intense as what ‘Lightning Bolt' is...

ImageOften with EP's we get a glimpse of what's the come from artists in the future and Bugg is certainly showing signs of infiltrating an Americana genre in his work, which is likely to have stemmed from the legendary setting of Nashville. His voice is almost identical to that of Blues/folk singer Pete Molinari who has applied his trade in Nashville and proved be a huge success. 

In ‘Strange Creatures' there are real similarities to the work of Bob Dylan and Neil Young, the funky folk rhythm is crisp as the daylight and Bugg's voice is so smooth is slips off the sumptuously plucked chords. 

The EP closes with ‘The Odds', which is the only track on the EP driven by an electric guitar. It's more full-on and intense, however, Bugg's ability to deliver a vibrant track is faultless, as his knowledge spans far beyond the alluring craftsmanship of a classy number like this one.

Jake Bugg will be undergoing some UK gigs later this year, for more information click here
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