ALBUM REVIEW Jack Savoretti “Before The Storm”

Jack Savoretti is often compared to Bob Dylan, but though both troubadours wear their hearts on their sleeve to speak their mind, Savoretti’s wine-soaked vocals are distinctly reminiscent of the sorrowful songsman Ray LaMontagne as he declares “I am not worthy” as he opens third album “Before The Storm”. Launching with album’s highlight “Not Worthy” is a big blunder on Savoretti’s behalf, but he need not worry as he happily treads the line between Paolo Nutini and the aforementioned LaMontagne throughout the album’s blissful and beautiful thirteen strong tracks.

Savoretti is far from a newcomer at the music game, having unleashed his debut “Between The Minds” back in 2007, but his latest effort is arguably his most commercially viable release. With the singer/songwriter once again firmly on the musical map, it is easy to see how the rich vocals of the passionate Savoretti will see him rise to the top of the musical map.

While the aforementioned “Not Worthy” is a firm favourite, it has strong competition as the album draws to a close with the Imelda May-esque rockabilly of “Knock Knock”. A surefire singalong, “Knock Knock” will have the toes tapping and shoulders shaking instantly. While the lush “For The Last Time” closes proceedings with a suitably understated dramatic flair

It would be a lie to say that “Before The Storm” was without flaw, given than many of the down-tempo middle moments verge on the forgettable, but with so many solid moments of pure musical magic contained within his latest release, Savoretti is sure to finally receive the  just rewards of his hard work and be praised with more than just critical acclaim. Expect Savoretti to be one of the acts that make your 2012 listening experience worth the while.

Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Jeremy Williams

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