It's great to have you back, Jamie. Not many artists could disappear of the face of the earth for a few years and return quite like this. 'Carry on the Grudge', his third album, was another exceptional release from the south London pioneer capped off with two sold out nights at Alexandra Palace.
Now, as the dust begins to settle and fans begin trying to rank the three albums (save yourself some time and don't try - it's impossible) a new EP from Jamie T has landed. If you're after a continuation of 'Carry on the Grudge', you can stop reading now. Aside from opener 'Don't You Find' - which also appears on the album - these songs are yet another diverse, unique and enthralling set from one of the most talented musicians this country has to offer.He's done it before, you know. Some of his best and most underrated songs have appeared on EPs, as b-sides and as unreleased gems. 'Atlantic City' (from the 'Emily's Heart' single release), 'Rawhide' featuring a certain Lily Allen (from the 'Sheila' single release) and the staggering 'St Christopher and The Dance of the Young Professionals' (taken from the 'Sticks 'n' Stones' EP) are all essential Jamie T listening.
The first thing to say about 'Magnolia Melancholia' is that it is classic Jamie T. It's raw, it's rough and completely irresistible. Opening with comeback single 'Don't You Find', the mood is set and the 5 songs that follow (two covers) showcase Jamie T's softer side as well as the energy and power that we have come to expect. 'Riverbed' is an obvious highlight as it builds and builds into a genuine epic, and sits nicely next to title track 'Magnolia Melancholia' which really is Jamie T at his best.
The two covers (The Replacements and Bran Van 3000's) slide effortlessly into proceedings and the electrifying 'Marilyn Monroe' is the kind of song that should remind us all as to why we fell in love with this artist many moons ago.
It's going to be fascinating to see what he does next but one thing is for certain - it won't be what you expect. It's just the Jamie T way.
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