On the 10th February 2017, British singer-songwriter Rory Graham- more commonly known as Rag ‘N’ Bone Man- released his number 1 debut album, Human, on Columbia Records. The album is currently the fastest-selling debut album by a male artist this decade so far, with sales of 117,000 in its first week. Rag ‘N’ Bone Man won the Brit’s critic’s choice award this year, as well as another Brit award for the Best British Breakthrough Artist at last month’s ceremony. The standard CD features 12 full length tracks, including the singles ‘Human’ and ‘Skin’.
The album opens with the stunning lead single and title track ‘Human’. It’s undeniably powerful and sets the tone of the album perfectly. It feels confessional, like he’s revealing all and enticing the listener to keep listening. Above all, it’s a huge, strong track (one that crowds love live too).
The album is full of soulful, blusey tracks, such as ‘Innocent Man’, ‘As You Are’ and ‘Odetta’, all of which have a modern feel, influenced by his MC ties. ‘Ego’ features Graham rapping and going back to his MC roots.
‘Skin’ is another stand out track from the album and the latest single from the album. It’s a song you can imagine large crowds singing. It’s big- anthemic even- and features gorgeous backing vocals, featured on many of the album’s tracks.
‘Be The Man’ has a modern, upbeat tempo. It feels classic, yet original. It fits nicely between ballad ‘Love You Any Less’ and ‘Bitter End’. ‘Grace’ is another stunningly beautiful song.
‘Die Easy’, the final track on the standard album, features just Rag ‘N’ Bone Man singing acapella. No instruments, no backing singers, no big production. Just a showcase of Graham’s stunning vocals, something which this album does brilliantly.
Overall the album is wonderful. It’s full of songs showcasing Rag ‘N’ Bone Man’s undeniable talents. Having said this the album- in all it’s brilliant production- seems quite similar one track to the next. If it works keep using it, I suppose. I can’t wait to see what he does next and I look forward to seeing him play over the summer at various festivals.