Rory Graham, better known as Rag’n’Bone Man has released his latest album Human .
By Jane Howkins.
If you’re a Rag ‘n’ Bone Man fan you’ll most likely have picked up a copy of his latest album Human, or seen the rapturous praise he has received for it. At the very least you’ll have heard the album’s title track, which has been absolutely everywhere since it was released last July. That’s a fairly long wait between single and album, however it has been worth it, as Human is one of the more interesting records we’ve had the pleasure of listening to recently.
For those not in the know, Rag ‘n’ Bone Man is the musical nickname used by British singer-songwriter Rory Graham. He’s been on the musical radar for a while due to several E.P.s that have been released over the last few years, and the single version of Human that dropped last year created a lot of buzz around him, but it’s nice to finally get to hear a proper release, with this being Graham’s full-length debut.
Not every song here is as poppy or catchy as Human and there are a few slower songs, but that provides a nice variety of styles. Graham’s deep boom of a voice sails alongside soaring strings on Love You Any Less, with Ego being a completely different beast, showing more of a funk influence, alongside hip-hop lyricisms.
Human is very impressive, and it’s actually surprising for an artist to produce such a great record as their first release (discounting his E.P.s, of course). This is blue eyed soul at it’s best, with pop infused melodies present, alongside more modern elements. This is pop music as it should be, a style of music that many have tried and failed to create. You often hear similar singers on shows like the X Factor, being all voice and no passion, all style but no substance. Rag ‘n’ Bone Man is the opposite of that, and it’s music that this that might just save pop music once and for all.