ALBUM REVIEW | By Eric Martin
At the age of 22, Tom Odell has created something familiar and timeless. His debut full-length album, Long Way Down, entered the UK album charts before it was officially released in the late spring of 2013. The collection of folk and indie pop piano ballads are comparable to the songs of the great Elton John with a darkness and subtle catchy Coldplay vibe.
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At first listen, you hear the major chords and acoustic guitar in "Grow Old with Me", a ditty that sparks memories of the modern folk revival. Then the tone of the record takes a turn into the loneliness of a male teenager in "Another Love," "I Know," and "Sense," giving more of a piano/rock-driven feeling.
In "Supposed to Be," Odell uses Bob Dylan references over an almost '80s ballad. After the title track, the album turns hopeful with slow tracks like "I Think It's Going To Rain Today" and "Heal," two songs that, in their own respects, are emotional masterpieces. Long Way Down paints a picture of a generation.