What You Need To Know - February 10, 2017

Rag'n'Bone Man’s Human - What You Need To Know
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Rag'n'Bone Man’s Human - What You Need To Know

He’s already been named the BRITS’ Critics’ Choice winner and is universally tipped for big things in 2017, but how does his debut album Human (which you can preview and purchase on the right-hand side of the page) measure up?

Here is everything you need to know about it...


A little background…

You will be surprised, no doubt, to learn that Rag’n’Bone Man was not always named thus. He was born Rory Graham in Uckfield, a small town in Sussex and has just celebrated his 32nd birthday. He started his music career MCing in a local drum & bass group before turning to his bluesy soulful songs aged 19. From there it’s been a steady stream of one-off tracks and EPs until now, when his debut album hits shelves.


Who’s producing it?

He’s got some big names working with him. To get the record together he’s worked with Mark Crew, the man who helped Bastille move out of the bedroom and into arenas, and Two Inch Punch, who has worked with Years & Years and Jessie Ware.

Any special guests?

None, but the album does feature Graham turning rapper as well as singer, so he’s a guest on his own LP, sort of.

What does it sound like?

Graham is a man with a taste for the bigger sonic palettes, hence everything on this album sounds like it was recorded in a cathedral. The melodies soar, the percussion drums and Graham’s voice is expertly handled by producers.

If you’ve been hooked by Gregory Porter, Imagine Dragons and Mumford & Sons’ bigger moments, then you’ll find a lot to work with on this album. There are quieter moments too, moments when Graham comes across more like a rootsier Sam Smith.


Does it deliver?

Absolutely. This is powerful, driving and stirring soul with a gritty underbelly. The BRITS’ Critics’ Choice have a pretty flawless record when it comes to picking winners and it won’t stop here.

Rag'n'Bone Man’s debut album Human is out now and available here in hmv’s online store.

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