Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Jack Savoretti's 'Before the Storm'

This English/Italian singer songwriter has completed his third album, 'Before the Storm' which is set for release sometime this summer. Following a false start to his career with the first album given away as a free download by gigwise.com, the musician hopes to regain recognition through this relatively upbeat and a well composed album.
Vocally, Savoretti has a slightly softer tone than Paulo Nuttini with the occasional rough edge ('The Proposal') that reminds me of Paul Weller ('Last Call'). His genre sways between country (‘The Propsal') and elements of rock and pop. 
My personal favourites on the album consist of; 'Take Me Home' (with its soothing vocal line and ‘friendly’ guitar parts), 'Last Call' (with its jazz influences), 'Lifetime' (a Jack Johnson-esque track) and 'Knock Knock'.
With songs such as 'Changes', where the build up is paramount, there's an excellent use of 'cello and harrowing vocals that I thought from the start may be a tad of a boring track, but ultimately ended up proving me wrong. It's heartfelt, emotive and stronger than I first assumed. I think this is a strong metaphor for the album in whole and do consider it quite the ‘grower’.
As good as it is to hear fresh, new guitar music in such a heavily saturated dance market at the moment, there isn’t much to mark Savoretti out from the crowd though.  As a maturer songwriter and performer you can certainly hear it in his songs, voice and especially lyrics "You'll find love, just wait your turn", "I hear songs in the key of sadness" (The proposal). As a positive, this adds layers and well practiced musicianship that’s perhaps missed by other, younger musicians such as Ed Sheeran or an early James Morrison. If there were more anthemic tunes on the record I would be more inclined to see him live and be encouraged to await another album. For the meantime I shall savour this album for mutual, social situations and easy listening on a Sunday afternoon or a hectic commute to help focus everything...

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