Album review: Tom Grennan - Lighting Matches
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Bedford born and bred Tom Grennan’s first album, Lighting Matches, boasts an impressive 14 tracks and a collaboration with Chase and Status. The first track on the album, ‘Found What I’ve Been Looking For’ is perhaps what propelled Grennan into the Indie spotlight. Pre-released as a single, its opening guitar riffs are indie-anthem ready, building into a climatic, catchy chorus. The second track, ‘Royal Highness’, exudes the same feel – with another James Bay esque sing-a-long chorus, another ready made indie hit. The continuous syncopated guitar adds an element of funk, which is elevated by the gravel in Grennan’s voice, effortlessly injecting soul and feeling into every song on the album. The opening lyrics, “Come be my lover, be my getaway car, come be the new string on my broken guitar” fit perfectly with the energy of the song, leading into the chorus of “You’ll be my royal highness”. ‘Barbed Wire’ is reminiscent of Leon Bridge’s more ‘retro’ sound, with the brass and upbeat backing and lyrics.
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