We’re kicking off your working week with David’s review of the Calum Scott album ‘Only Human’. What will he think?
It can be quite difficult to shake the talent show stigma attached to musicians who find fame via that avenue and, for a while, it seemed like former ‘Britain’s Got Talent’ winner Calum Scott might end up in the same boat.
Take his cover of Robyn’s stunning song ‘Dancing On My Own’.
Though he turned out a very emotional version of it and the song clattered about the charts the world over for a fair time, it felt like he was destined to be that one hit talent show wonder.
But thankfully Calum has created what is an incredibly good debut album with ‘Only Human’ and can move on.
‘Dancing On My Own’ remains his biggest song on the album so far, but latest single ‘You Are The Reason’ is a great follow up. With sweeping strings, some great arrangements and even a duet version with the amazing Leona Lewis, it ticks a lot of boxes for success.
He follows a similar formula throughout the album, one that reminds me a lot of OneRepublic’s last long player – genuine, engaging and an easy listen.
My favourite song from the album is ‘Rhythm Inside’ because of its catchy melody and how well the message connects with Calum’s voice and delivery.
Having had time to write and create, it’s obvious the quality is going to be high through the rest of the album.
There’s also a nice Australian connection on one of his songs with former ‘Idol’-alum Hayley Warner co-writing the track ‘Give Me Something’.
In fact most of the songs here are a great listen and you can appreciate the effort that’s gone into creating such a great debut.
There are some amazing personal lyrics scattered across the album too, which helps to make everything feel real.
While there are a couple of production issues (there are some rather meagre string and choir arrangements in a couple of songs), overall it’s an impressive debut.
It may be mostly mid-tempo fare, but it really suits Calum’s style and voice.
I like that he’s being true to himself and this is a debut album that feels fresh and clear; it’s a great way to get things started.
VERDICT : 4/5.
MUST LISTEN : Rhythm Inside, Stop Myself (Only Human), Give Me Something.