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Album Review: Luke White - Outside In

By  July 23, 2012

You won’t find too many musicians nowadays writing and producing their own music (or even playing actual instruments!) but not Luke White.

The British singer-songwriter recently released his debut album Outside In and at barely 35 minutes, it gives us a glimpse of just how good he is. White’s vocals, as confusingly high as they might be, blends well with his rather slow but catchy and poppy instrumentations. Some may even say that from the sound of the record, it could’ve been a band effort and not a near single-handed one. On most of the songs, he ends up crooning the lyrics, which may or may not be to his advantage for they might end up being too draggy and bore the listener.

But that is just a small thorn amongst the roses for Outside In is indeed quality music. Starting with Black Market Red Roses, White’s crooning slides in, accompanying the irresistible beat that you’ll definitely find yourself tapping along to. The key work that weaves between White’s vocals is a melodic treat which only adds to the lullaby-ish ambience that I find resonating through this track.

Made of Love comes up next, but wait, R&B beats? At only the second track, White is already attempting to show versatility which he still manages to successfully pull off, and with a guitar solo too! Versatile? Check. Waiting to Say Goodbye is a slow one, if it’s even possible to go slower. This piano-powered track conveys the melancholy that is echoed by White’s lyrics such as “I wish that I could put the planet on its axis, tie the moon up with some strings and stall the stars before they switch on”.

White’s storytelling and guitar shredding are at its best in She’s A Dancer, a personal favourite of mine while Maybe She Is Magic shows off the very best of his ever-present crooning. In conclusion, excellent debut album for a man who has obviously got talent and definitely deserves more than 300 likes on Facebook.

Check out Made of Love below!

 

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