Returning with a fourth album, South London troubadour Jamie T finds himself confident and on his game. His new long player, his second in the last two years, features respectful nods to the past facing off with modern day Britain; this is life viewed from the eyes of the songwriter and maybe his most accomplished record to date.
Punk rock was always an attitude rather than a sound, the middle finger to conformity, individualism steering away from the rule book, and with this Tinfoil Boy comes at you from the bell. Opening the album in slow and intimidating fashion, sizing up the listener with razor sharp rap and council estate attitude, before the chorus puts one on the listener’s chin. Power Over Men comes next, a foot tapper with an edge reminiscent of Alex Turner pre-showbiz days; in both vocal and melody.
Tesco Land is fast and familiar. A frantic throwaway punk tune attracting eye contact with early Clash favourites, staying faithful to punk rock roots, remaining loyal to his influences.
Trick is an album of equal parts Strummer angst and grit with Jones swagger and vision; sample-ridden throughout, its hip-hop beats armlocking with shredding guitars. Pointing a finger in the eye of those accusing Jamie T as an under achiever, it’s a great modern record.
Self Esteem closes things out, in a darker fashion to some of the earlier stompers – personal and fragile, it shows another side to a great songwriter