Rag’n’Bone Man – Human
Soul | R&B | Blues
The weight of expectation is a heavy cross to bear. With him winning the Brit’s Critic’s Choice Award, all eyes are on Rag’n’Bone Man, and all bets are off about him being the next big breakthrough act. Having followed his career for several years I’m delighted to see how far he has come and that he’s finally getting the recognition he deserves, but sometimes you need to be careful what you wish for, as it seems all that media scrutiny has had a detrimental effect on his long-awaited debut album. Human has hints of the incredible talent that won my heart, but all considered it seems that he’s not quite firing on all cylinders.
It all starts off very promising; the opening powerhouse title track, his next big hit in the making ‘Skin’, and old fan favourite ‘Bitter End’, the track that first got me onboard. However, the album soon falters. Though there are a few exceptions, like the gorgeous ‘Grace’ and the closing old school blues of ‘Die Easy’, for the most part the rest of the album plays it far too safe. Rag’n’Bone Man is on autopilot, coasting by with overproduced tracks aimed at the casual pop fans just looking for the latest craze. Make no mistakes, this is one of the most talented British singers in years and I’m glad that he’s finally gotten his music out to a wider audience. This is an overly cautious first step into the wider world, but I hope the man I know and love will soon step forward, take the initiative and make the amazing album that I know he has in him.