“What Doesn’t Kill You” Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg

What Doesn’t Kill You Track Review

Mercury Records

Released September 24, 2013

Genre: Indie Rock, Garage Rock Revival

[Read our review of Jake Bugg’s debut LP here]

Nottingham singer/songwriter Jake Bugg explodes back onto the music after his debut album release with a new track from his upcoming LP, Shangri La (out January 14, 2014).

While I did say Bugg needed some subversiveness, or more distortion, this wasn’t really what I had in mind. In my mind I was thinking of something more along the lines of the riff in “Lightning Bolt”, but here Bugg brings a style commonly seen on an album by The Strokes or Arctic Monkeys. The riff is heavily distorted and brisk and the drumming explodes with incredible momentum and drive. Bugg continues to sing about juvenile adventures and youth, yet the song doesn’t really fit into his style of music, it’s a strange, well produced track for him but it’s catchy and has Bugg’s signature scribbled all over it.

I’m not saying that this song is bad, but if this is what to expect from Shangri La then Bugg is leaving something behind that keeps his fans close to his appealing style. Some may argue that he “replicated” Bob Dylan on his eponymous debut, what he gave was already progressing from it. Here, Bugg stands apart from the rest and the norms and as an artist, it’s a good step towards fame.

Score: (6.0/10)

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