Release Date: Jun 10, 2016
Record label: RCA
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock
The much anticipated follow-up to the English crooner's platinum-selling, Brit Award-winning debut, Wrong Crowd sees Tom Odell continuing to mine the ruins of his love life for inspiration, but with far less maudlin results. Released in 2013, Long Way Down saw fit to present Odell as a wrecked, golden-throated, yet ultimately Gollum-like balladeer, a man who had dug a hole so deep and dark that even the boldest speck of light would flee in terror. Wrong Crowd is a far more sprightly affair that not only takes smart stylistic detours, it often treats malaise with a wink instead of a sigh.
The idea of angel-faced piano man Tom Odell hanging with the wrong crowd is, frankly, risible. But the title track of the Ivor Novello award-winner’s second album adds a couple of new dimensions to Odell’s nicey-nicey USP: a regretted past, possibly fictional, and some more muscular moves. Magnetised rues a wrongly polarised relationship with arena ambitions redolent of Odell’s most direct antecedent, Chris Martin.