The debut album from singer-songwriter Josh (it’s his real name) Record makes a refreshing change.
The 26-year-old has spent time working in Nairobi with the poor and disadvantaged – and he’s absorbed the African influence without swallowing it whole.
Opener Bones is warm, touching and effective (“My love will clothe your bones”), as if Coldplay had been asked to refashion Fix You for The Lion King soundtrack.
It t feels as if he’s spent as much time in the sound of the record as the tunes, without compromising on either – Wonder, like Bones, carries a distinctly African sound before bursting into bright sunshine pop, like 90s Britpop kings The Boo Radleys – and Finally showcases his mastery of the big orchestral love song with a light as a feather touch.
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By Andrew Greenhalgh