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Tom Odell's dad rings NME to complain about 0/10 review

21st June 2013

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Tom Odell, the 22-year-old Brit Award winning singer-songwriter, must have been hoping the days of being embarrassed by his parents were over. His dad, however, had other ideas.

After NME awarded Odell’s album Long Way Down a perfect 0 out of 10, the singer’s dad felt obliged to call the magazine to complain and defend his son.

What the conversation entailed has not been revealed, but Lucy Jones, deputy editor of the magazine’s website, confirmed it had taken place through twitter on Wednesday morning.

Mark Beaumont, who reviewed the album for the magazine, called the young singer a “poor, misguided wannabe who’s fallen into the hands of the music industry equivalent of Hungarian sex traffickers.”

He went on: ““I wish I could say there’s a place in Hell reserved for Tom Odell. There’s not. Just loads more Brits. He’ll be all over 2013 like a virulent dose of musical syphilis, pounding and warbling away at every Papal election and Bradley Wiggins finishing line.”

Since publishing the review the magazine has come in for some criticism with some believing it to be too strong and unjustified.

Music critic Simon Price took to Twitter calling the review “shameless show-boating” and suggesting that the magazine was “scared to attack its core acts...the latest Beady Eye album was truly awful but they gave it a good review and Liam Gallagher was on the cover that week.”

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