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John Newman’s Early Contender For Song Of The Year

Friday, January 10, 2014 - 10:00 AM

Will John Newman's song 'Love Me Again' be the Next Big Thing from the U.K.? Will John Newman's song "Love Me Again" be the Next Big Thing from the U.K.? (Courtesy of the artist)

Yeah, I know the year is just over a week old. But John Newman's "Love Me Again" is poised to become a hit stateside. I heard the young British singer's song online back in December, and thought it might have been the best pure pop song I’ve heard since Adele’s “Rolling In The Deep.” 

So I wasn’t too surprised to hear it coming over the speakers in the gym this week -- but the fact that they’re on the song so fast is pretty remarkable.

Newman’s voice belies his youth. It’s full of depth and character; and the arrangement carries on a decades-old British tradition of cinematic, James Bond-style arrangements. There’s a full-on orchestra adding a huge sound to the chorus, and a really neat piano break in the middle.

 

 

The song's music video ends abruptly with a final shot that strikes me as random and ridiculous, but watch it anyway; the dancers, who seem to be real people (as opposed to beautifully put-together actors), are pretty damn amazing. 

Newman's apparently done quite well back home, and the New York Times gave his album, Tribute, a glowing review earlier this week. There are several good songs on that record, but this single is the one that made it onto my iPod.

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tom LI

Male Adele? Have we come around to that now? Its bad enough females have been compared to males for decades, now we're gonna reverse the sexism?

Could we not do that - please! Could we move on and move up as a people?

Anyway, for the first time in ages Soundcheck has exposed me to some actual good music. Finally!

Jan. 11 2014 11:43 AM
Petra E. Lewis from Brooklyn

I *ADORE* that single by John Newman. Been listening to it since last year (since late summer, I think), and find it funny that you, too, make the comparison to Adele. I had also dubbed him the male Adele. This guy is going to be HUGE!

Jan. 11 2014 09:14 AM

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