A crucial factor in the mix is the ears of Jake Gosling. Having produced Wiley and Ed Sheeran, he allows basic arrangements to breathe while dressing them with mellow beats and instrumentation such as tinkling piano on Complicated and string effects on Bringing Me Down.
Back in the day, rapper Queens' MC Shan memorably advised A Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Waste. In Dublin city, Ireland, the Original Rudeboys are on a similar reality trip.
Like modern-day versions of the 18th-century pictorial satirist Hogarth, they offer commentary on a range of social ills from domestic violence (Blue Eyes) to prostitution (In Too Deep). They also celebrate their own struggle to be heard (Stars In Their Eyes). Sunny Days, a nod to a mate who's brown bread, is most affecting....
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