Text: Jenn Foster
Tom Grennan is back stronger than ever with the release of his highly anticipated second album ‘Evening Road’ following the release of his debut album ‘Lighting Matches’ in 2018!
No matter what you’ve been doing in the past year, there is no doubt you would’ve heard of Tom Grennan – If you haven’t, where on earth have you been?! Having burst onto the scene in 2014, performing in pubs for 3 years before he was discovered by Insanity Records. He then released his debut EP ‘Something In The Water’ in 2016 before getting his big break when he was featured on the incredible single ‘All Goes Wrong’ with Chase & Status which was chosen as ‘Hottest Record’ on Annie Mac’s Radio 1 show. Since then he has released the widely acclaimed singles ‘Found What I’ve Been Looking For’ which appeared on the FIFA 18 Soundtrack, to more recently ‘Amen’, ‘Something Better’, ‘Little Bit of Love’ and has received phenomenal success with his collaboration with Ella Henderson on ‘Let’s Go Home Together’ which rocketed to Number 1 on the UK Charts.
Having been a fan of Tom since he released his ‘Found What I’ve Been Looking For – EP’ back in 2017, he never fails to disappoint. The Majority of artists tend to become stuck with the same song, however Tom constantly surprises you and leaves you wanting more; ‘Evering Road’ is no different!
‘If Only’ starts the album off with a bang! There is no doubt Tom Grennan has arrived and he’s hungrier than ever! Immediately kicking off with incredible drum beats and guitar riffs; being one of my favourite tracks on the album. If you close your eyes while listening, you can imagine being in a crowd where we’re packed like sardines, jumping to the sound of the invincible beat. Along with ‘Something Better’, and ‘Never Be A Right Time’ really set the tone of what we can expect.
‘Evering Road’ reflects upon the breakdown of a three year relationship but it’s definitely not about feeling sorry for oneself. It’s a journey! It’s the most honest and explores a deep sense of vulnerability that we haven’t seen from Grennan before. Especially with ‘It Hurts’ delving into the pain, an open letter to his ex, which is refreshingly piano-led throughout.
Full of emotionally charged lyrics, incredible beats, guitar riffs and incredibly soulful drums, there is no doubt nobody is gonna wipe the smile off your face when listening. It’s an album that is honest and raw but will leave you empowered. There is no doubt that the future is unapologetically bright for Tom. Now if you excuse me, I’m off to play ‘Evering Road’ for the millionth time; wishing September was here already!