Nottingham musician Jake Bugg recently released a new album titled Saturday Night, Sunday Morning – I’ve been following Jake’s career for a while so I was quite excited to hear where he would go this time around, especially considering how his music has changed over the years. Whilst the new album does contain a lot of the indie-folk elements that Jake championed when he first emerged from the Nottingham music scene, there are also some more poppy moments, with most of the songs on the album balancing precariously between the different styles.
By Jane Howkins
Opener All I Need has quite a mainstream pop feel to it, in part due to the percussion and bass that make up the rhythm of the song. The opening guitar melody does sound folky though, although the chorus is still very catchy. It makes for a nice mix of sounds, displaying the best of Jake’s work off to the world. Rabbit Hole is one of my favourite songs from the album, with the track harking back to Jake’s previous work. The main guitar melody is catchy but has an eerie feel to it, giving the track a great atmosphere.
Our readers will probably have heard Lost before, as it’s one of the main singles from the album. Again, this track mixes together elements of folk and pop together but it does have more of a mainstream pop sound to it. It’s catchy and sounds like it would work well when played in a nightclub. About Last Night has a similar sound to it – whilst the tracks here are generally good, they do sound a little samey at times, which is a shame considering how many stand out songs his first two records had on them.
Downtown changes things up a little, with the track being a piano ballad – usually when Jake performs ballads they tend to be on the guitar, so it’s nice to hear him trying his hand at something else.
Saturday Night, Sunday Morning is worth listening to if you’re a Jake Bugg fan and there are many moments that stand out, but the better songs tend to be the ones with the indie-folk style. It’s not so mainstream that older fans will be turned off, but there has been an obvious change to Jake’s music over the past few years – however, it is important for artists to change and grow, so maybe this could be a good thing in the future.