So, with Human, does Rag’n’Bone Man live up to the expectation that these awards generate? Well, sort of, but not in an overly complicated way. From the outset, with the powerfully soulful titular Human, it is clear that Graham is certainly a vocal talent, with a warm, emotive, voice that is immensely listenable – no wonder the critics love him. But a compelling singer can only carry an album so far. Things are fine for the first few tracks; the Motown tinged Innocent, the mildly overwrought Skin, and the superb Bitter End – lifted from 2015’s Disfigured EP – but the album’s middle proves to be quite the nadir.
This is an extract from a review originally published on the 10th February 2017. Please visit Renowned For Sound to read the full review.