Tom has far to go
Tom Odell: Long Way Down (Columbia) 2 STARS
Kodaline, Haim and now Tom Odell: all tipped for greatness in the BBC's Sound Of... poll, and all releasing music within weeks of each other this summer.
Odell's debut is likely to reach a lot of people. His sturdily penned piano songs have Mass Appeal written all over them, but there's precious little to be discerned for anyone who scratches at the pretty surface.
There's a by-committee whiff about the bulk of the songs which have clearly been inspired by some of today's biggest names: Mumford & Sons and Keane are clearly to be detected in, respectively, Grow Old With Me and Till I Lost.
He's at his best when he dispenses with the bombast and pursues a more plaintive route, as he does on Sense, but his next offering will need to be a great deal better.
Long Way Down? Long way to go, more like.
KEY TRACK Sense
Day & Night