I have a confession. I have a thing for singer/songwriters – especially British singer/songwriters. I’ve been waiting for George Ezra’s album Wanted On Voyage to be released here in States since I heard his single Budapest – it was worth the wait. I’ve been listening non-stop.
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Ezra has a deep, weathered, big, baritone voice, but he croons effortlessly in his upper register. His voice is just made for storytelling. Wanted On Voyage is an impressive debut with a wide range of sounds – folk, blues, and soul. The single Did You Hear the Rain begins like an old spiritual – with Ezra bellowing a haunting “Lucifer’s inside!” Budapest, Barcelona, and Stand By Your Gun get repeat plays every time. Spectacular Rival is a bit of a departure on the album – ambient and electronic.
If you’re a fan of Bobby Long, Tom O’Dell, Amos Lee, or Ben Howard you’ll like George Ezra. Wanted On Voyage is a welcome addition to my singer/songwriter album collection.