John Newman: Tribute

Gospel choruses and Italo house piano chords ensure the album’s anthems pound along gamely

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Yorkshire newcomer John Newman has two chart-toppers to his name already: the Rudimental collaboration “Feel the Love” and his own “Love Me Again”, both neatly accessorising Newman’s retro-soul vocals with modern beats.

But the trick proves harder to repeat over the course of a whole album. Arms-flung-wide gospel choruses, uplifting Italo house piano chords and the singer’s vibrant yowl ensure Tribute pounds along gamely, but its anthems come to resemble carbon copies of each other.

John Newman

Tribute

(Universal Island)

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