Jamie T – The Theory of Everything
Overall score: 8/10
Song writing: 8/10
Advantages: A mature album from a much-loved musician. A perfect summer album for indie music lovers.
The inconvenients: Not a very original/revolutionary album. Some songs are very familiar to older works.
After five and a half years of agonizing waiting, JAMIE T is back with his brand new album The theory of anything, and it was definitely worth the wait!
The album itself is a celebration of all that makes JAMIE T great. With heavy instrumentation, complex harmonies and a rap-like voice unique to the South London-born musician, the album celebrates a more intense and complex love than seen in previous work.
It starts with 90s cars which perfectly sums up the running theme of love. The song rings with the artist’s classic melodies and is reminiscent of summers spent in the park with your closest friends, drinking and laughing long after the sun went down. Quite simply, 90s cars, as well as the album in general, envelops us in a nostalgic haze and refuses to let go even after its end.
The journey continues with songs like British hell, Lamborghini key, and between the rocks and ends with arguably two of the album’s best songs: old republican and 50,000 unmarked balls.
old republican and 50,000 unmarked balls truly show the maturation of JAMIE Tcompared to his previous albums. The first begins with a heartwarming guitar and vocal performance that builds into a full band and feels completely unlike anything the songwriter has heard in the past. But he is 50,000 unmarked balls who steals the show on this album. With lyrical focus underlined by the piano and smooth harmonies throughout, the song is crisp, clean, emotional and the perfect ending to a fantastic album in every way.
The album is not revolutionary. It’s clear early on that the South Londoner has stayed true to his roots and produced an album not unlike the previous one, but that doesn’t mean The theory of anything is bland or difficult to listen to. Instead, T’s fifth studio album is a clear indication of growth. Not just the musical, mental and physical growth of its charming writer in the fifteen years since the release of his first album, but the growth of his listeners.
The theory of anything is a fun and heartfelt album that will make you smile a little more, walk a little more cheerful and laugh a little harder, and is an essential listen in 2022.
The Theory Of Whatever is out now via Polydor Records.
For more information on JAMIE T, like his official page on Facebook.