Sound: Romantic, anthemic, danceable Brit pop that incorporates Afro-beat and Caribbean rhythms and soulful vocals. The music can feel grand, proper and sophisticated, while simultaneously capturing a raw, visceral energy.
Heavy Rotation tracks: “Pull My Heart Away”; “Be The One”; “So Near”
Medium Rotation tracks: The rest
Recommended: Fans of The Cure’s bubbly, worldly, radio-friendly work will find plenty to like on the latest from Jack Peñate. At times, his moans and wails are almost too reminiscent of Robert Smith. But Jack stands head and shoulders above nearly all of the Cure imitators that have emerged this decade thanks to the bold eclecticism of his music, his exceptional vocal skills and his stellar pop songcraft. Everything is New showcases his latest, previously unreleased work, but it practically feels like a greatest hits.
Grade: A- (Top 20 Albums of 2009 Candidate)