Precocious is a description that one might easily apply to Jake Bugg. Before even reaching 20 years of age the Nottingham native already had two albums to his name: 2012’s self-titled effort, which got him shortlisted for the coveted Mercury Prize, and 2013’s Shangri La, which was nominated for a Brit Award. After the rapid turnaround of his first two albums, and the success that followed, Bugg made the deliberate decision to dedicate a year to the writing of his third record. Besides allowing himself an extended period of time to work on his music, he also took the decision to approach the album – the writing, performance, and production – as a largely solo affair.
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