Jack Garratt became a prominent name back in 2016 when he released his prodigious debut LP ‘Phase’. That same year he picked up the esteemed Brits Critics’ Choice prize and the BBC Sound of 2016 accolade; the artist had been hurled from his humble beginnings into the league of high flying stars.
The trio of Ellie Goulding, Adele, and Sam Smith were the only artists thus far to ever win both awards in the same year, which put a lot of eyes on Garratt, and a lot of expectations too: “All I ever wanted to do was make music that I wanted to listen to. And, at a time when I was figuring that out, I got put into a corner where I had to defend myself for winning awards that I didn’t ask for.”
The singer/ songwriter decided to scrap everything he had written for his highly anticipated sophomore album- “It was trash. It was awful. It was all bad”– and withdrew from the music scene for three years.
The enigma of the British charts has now resurfaced with ‘Love, Death & Dancing’. An ode to anxiety and self- assurance that is both acutely relevant and exceedingly palatable, in a society where we are now questioning everything about ourselves.
Opening track ‘Time’ continues Garratt’s custom chop up of genres laced together with his soaring vocal hooks, while ‘Mara’ places electronic drum taps behind an alluring vocal performance with a flux of electric guitar melodies. ‘Better’ sticks to the pop blueprint almost entirely but with a revered execution; ‘Get In My Way’ is a cluster of harmonies accelerated by Garratt’s cosmic vocal deliveries; and ‘Mend A Heart’ is a funky fury of electronica.
‘Love, Death & Dancing’ is the result of one man stripping off his insecurities and embracing an emotional stronghold, becoming unhampered by the unfounded expectations of the masses and concluding that, yes, “it’s alright not to be okay”.
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