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ALBUM REVIEW: Tom Odell - Jubilee Road

If you remember the John Lewis advert with Monty the penguin from back in 2014 you’ll remember the melancholy performance of the song ‘Real Love’ by Tom Odell.

The song, originally performed by The Beatles, certainly pulled at the heartstrings.

Odell excels in writing songs that tell a story but if you’re looking for an album that’s uplifting (apart from a couple of more lively songs, such as ‘China Dolls’) this is not the album for that.

Tom Odell - Jubilee Road. (5036263)
Tom Odell - Jubilee Road. (5036263)

Jubilee Road, while a fictional title, is said to be Odell’s most honest and personal outing to date.

At the seat of his piano, he has intertwined real-life stories from the time he spent living in a house in East London.

The opening song and title track ‘Jubilee Road’ sets the scene of the fictional street’s real-life dramas, its colourful community and the ‘whiskey shaking gamblers’ in the local betting shop. They are referred to in the song ‘Queen of Diamonds’.

And it leads up to a bittersweet celebration in the song ‘Wedding Day.’

The young artist is certainly talented, and if you like your music chilled out you’ll like his latest offering, this third studio album

The album is out now.

Reviewed by Zoe Myall


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