ALBUM REVIEW: Gideon Conn “Take It All”

Having more than proved his worth on his stonking debut album ‘New Bop Sounds’, Mancunian singer/songwriter Gideon Conn’s sophomore release ‘Take It All’ further demonstrates why he is an artist who defies comparison. Fusing an array of genres effortlessly, Conn is far more than a simple troubadour.
The stirring single ‘Fall Under Tokyo’ kick starts Conn’s latest effort in style. Ticking all the right boxes, Conn manages to showcase his ability to listen to world sounds and make them seem only relevant when compiled in his unique manner.
Opening with one of the album highlights may seem like an error of judgement, but the radio friendly release is simply a teaser for what is to come. With rap, folk, jazz and soul all heavily featured within the twelve tracks of ‘Take It All”, “Fall Under Tokyo” entices the listener in with the most commercial of the album’s offerings.
While “Fall Under Tokyo” is perhaps the most instant offering, it is the unlikely pairing of soulstress Josephine with Conn on “Colours” that really moves the mood of the collection. Josephine’s silky tones offer both a compliment and contrast to Conn’s wiley presence.
Conn is a talent that may not be designed for the mainstream, but may end up redefining it. Conn takes so much more than your breath away.
Rating: 5/5
Reviewer: Jeremy Williams

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