Album Review: Beans On Toast – Survival Of The Friendliest

Fans of Beans On Toast (otherwise known as Jay McAllister) should be used to his December releases by now – the British singer-songwriter has a pattern of releasing his new albums at this time of year, just in time for Christmas. Survival Of The Friendliest is of no exception, with the album being formally released on December 1st 2021.

By Jane Howkins

Fans of Beans On Toast should know what to expect by now, with the tracks on this release not straying too far from the norm. For those unaware, he creates little folky ditties that often have a humorous bent to the lyrics. The tracks were written alongside Jay’s friends Blaine Harrison and Jack Flanagan of The Mystery Jets and the collaborative effort really shows through.

The songs here are well thought out and the lyrics are on point as usual – there’s also a rather positive feel to the songs on offer here, which works well with the melodies in the music. These songs see Jay celebrating the world we live in and all the positive aspects in it, which is well needed after the events of the last couple of years. There’s also a warmth to Jay’s vocals which helps to highlight the positive message in the lyrics.

My only issue was that the songs sound quite samey at times and they are rather similar to Jay’s previous work – some growth would be nice. However, fans of his work should know what to expect by now and current fans shouldn’t be put off by this. Survival Of The Friendliest is a good album overall and is a worthy addition to Beans On Toast’s back catalogue – in future I would like to see Jay branching out a little bit, but it’s still well worth checking out.