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On My One

A British roots revivalist tries updating his folk rock

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Jake Bugg

Charlie Forgham-Bailey/eyevine/Redux

On his third LP (and first minus additional songwriters), 22-year-old U.K. roots revivalist Jake Bugg mixes Americana and British folk as skillfully as ever – whether on the rockabilly- riot "Put Out the Fire" or the acoustic-blues title track, which begins, "I'm just a poor boy/From Nottingham." He's less successful updating his sound; the funk drumming and electronic bass on "Gimme the Love" trip him up, and though he writes with empathy about the council-estate life on "Ain't No Rhyme," he's got as much business rapping as Fetty Wap does playing guitar.

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