ALBUM REVIEW: Jack Garrat – Phase

Posted by on February 22nd, 2016 10:05 am

Apple Music Festival 2015 - London

VIEWS IN BRIEF: Is Jack Garratt’s freshman album just a passing Phase?


Following in the footsteps of previous BRITs Critics Choice winners, Adele, Sam Smith and James Bay, man-of-the-moment Jack Garratt drops his debut album – so is it worth the hype?


With any body of work that has been in the making for years, Jack has already released and previewed at least 5 tracks in some form or another. If you’ve been near Radio 1 or BBC Introducing recently, you will be familiar with Breathe Life, Weathered, Worry, The Love You’re Given, Chemical and more recently, Surprise Yourself.


So, what’s interesting about Phase is how these work together alongside his newer album material. With infectiously catchy chorus hooks and deliciously filthy synths, Garratt ticks the poppy ‘banger’ box! But the real fireworks come from his stripped back falsetto vocals and delicate piano riffs, which ride along on a wave of D’Angelo-inspired drum grooves. Coupled with a bluesy, rawness – which suggests a fairly serious cigarette addiction – he effortlessly bounces between sensitive soul and edgy glitch-hop. And, whilst it still feels somewhat unfinished, that’s exactly the appeal.


One thing’s for certain, Jack Garratt is absolutely current… and we can’t wait to hear more. @JackGarratt




iTunes// BUY PHASE

Spotify// LISTEN