Luke Sital-Singh, The Fire Inside (Parlophone) *****

Luke Sital-Singh, The Fire Inside (Parlophone) *****

Luke Sital-Singh, The Fire Inside (Parlophone) *****

First published in CD reviews York Press: Photograph of the Author by , Deputy sports editor

I THOUGHT I’d had it with male troubadours. I wanted to holler “singer-songwriters sling your hooks”. Then enters Luke Sital-Singh and there’s a fresh appreciation of solo power, passion and poetry.

This a debut of conspicuous craft and art, a startling setting-off point. These are 12 tracks of high ambition and delivery reinforced by Sital-Singh’s vibrant vocals that surge from anchor-heavy heartache to pulse-racing joy. There’s not a single duff offering among the dozen songs which soar, swoop, dip and glide – and at least five are stars in orbit.

Nothing Stays The Same rouses from Neil Young vulnerability to a chorus that even fellow Canadians Arcade Fire would envy. Bottled Up Tight references Paul Simon a la Graceland, while 21st Century Heartbeat resonates with the ephemera of a modern-life soundtrack. Lilywhite advances from foreboding piano to booming brass and drum finale. Time to catch a fire with stellar singer/songwriter Sital-Singh.

• Luke Sital-Singh plays the Belgrave Music Hall in Leeds on September 14.



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