Jake Bugg - MERCURY
FILTER Grade: 84%
By Daniel Kohn on April 10, 2013
For a newcomer, British singer-songwriter Jake Bugg fires insults at his enemies like a wily veteran. But when you have the songs and fans (including the notoriously prickly Noel Gallagher) to back it up, there’s not much your adversaries can do. With a twangy, piercing voice that’s a cross between Freewheelin’ Dylan and the Cash who conquered Folsom, the 19-year-old’s sound combines retro folk with elements of Britpop that’s as raw as it is original, which equals one of the more exciting debuts in some time.