Jack Garratt – Phase (Album Review)

Album Title: PHASE
Publisher: JACK GARRATT
Release Date: 19/02/2016
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ONE MAN BAND: Jack Garratt - Phase

ONE MAN BAND: Jack Garratt – Phase

Ahead of the Brit awards on Wednesday 24th February, Critic’s choice winner Jack Garratt has released his debut album.

To win the critics choice award is almost a sign of surefire success, with past winners including the likes of  Adele, Sam Smith and Jessie J, just to name a few.

Garratt is a mixture between past winners James Bay and Tom Odell, with a dubstep twist.

His debut album Phase takes on many genres; dubstep, garage and R&B and they never look out of place.

It took Jack four years to create Phase and it’s no wonder as he plays every instrument and produced it himself.

Hard hitting drum and bass are clear in  ‘Coalesce (Synesthesia Pt. II)’ and rests comfortably on tracks like ‘Chemical’.

The album is a great mixture though and when Jack gets the balance right, it’s hard not to become a fan.

Heavy beats are calmed down through tracks ‘Worry‘ and ‘ The Love You’re Given‘.

It’s hard to replicate an energetic live performer, but this modern day one man band tries his very hardest throughout Phase.

Surprise Yourself‘ takes time to build, it focuses most on Garratt’s wonderful falsetto vocals before a choir vocal and power chord driven chorus makes you want to get up and do something useful with your life.

Key track of the album is ‘Weathered‘ which undoubtably unlocks the huge potential of Garratt and his song writing abilities. Building up from its gospel beginnings to a slow beat and lightly flickering guitar hook – the pay-off is worth the wait

It will sell due to the exposure that Jack Garratt has had and he can go on to create the masterpiece that is expected by his hype.

For the moment though, Phase is a great introduction to Jack Garratt and his multi-instrumental talents.

Track List:

1
Coalesce (Synesthesia Pt. II)
2:23
2
Breathe Life
4:23
3
Far Cry
3:54
4
Weathered
4:35
5
Worry
4:03
6
The Love You’re Given
5:00
7
I Know All What I Do
3:03
8
Surprise Yourself
4:21
9
Chemical
3:35
10
Fire
4:18
11
Synesthesia Pt. III
2:25
12
My House Is Your Home
4:58

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