Written by Megan Lowes
Edited by Charlotte Crouch – BeOnline Editor
2 years after the release of ‘Carry on the grudge’ who knew Jamie T could actually produce an even slicker album and with the same cheeky vibe that we’ve seen and loved since the start? ‘Trick’ continues that very story telling technique that he has used since his first album release of ‘Panic Prevention‘. What becomes different with ‘Trick‘ is the naked elements of adulthood realities it contains.
What is most impressive, but maybe not so surprising knowing the singer, is that his jaw dropping and beautiful lyrics have not only made incredible appearances in all four of his albums but they’ve grown more mature and stronger within ‘Trick’. The album gives off a very nostalgic feel, and seems to show a very cynical view from the singer on being in his adult years. But regardless of perhaps the sad tone the lyrics can give off, he’s pulled off this album in the most Jamie T way possible, with the hybrid and youthful sound that he is known and loved for. We’ve also seen a side of the songwriter not really seen before through ‘Tinfoil Boy’. This is probably the heaviest thing Jamie T has produced, lyrics such as “its times like this I feel tricked into waking up” really hit home when you remember the issues he deals with, but also overcomes through his career. Yet this raw sound doesn’t last for long and the pop/rap singalong feel we know returns within ‘Dragon Bones’ and a few doomy ballads similar to the favourite ‘Emily’s Heart’ sneak in. All the tracks follow the same theme and all make reference to his aging years throughout of course.
The most admirable about the London boy is that even though he’s had a career that started at the same age of the likes of Alex Turner, his quiet and mysterious nature has remained and he just continues to pull out chart toppers and electrifying shows with each album release. However, obviously our favourite London boy is no longer boy, he is a now a real adult. Meaning his ‘lightweight prick’ days are over and now he’s starting to reminisce his twenties: “But I wish I’d been a little more exceptional, and I wish I’d been a little unconventional”, but don’t worry Jamie, you always have been and will continue to be.