Nottingham teenager Jake Bugg is already getting grizzled nods of approval from rock musicians of a certain age. His debut wears its retro fetishes on a frayed sleeve; Simple As This has an unashamedly Dylan-like jingle-jangle; the age-worn lament of Country Song could hardly be mistaken for anything else. But Bugg is no young fogey; he has a warm, wistful voice and keen observational eye, pitching his songs beautifully between youth and experience. Seen It All is a particularly nice play on the old head/young shoulders dichotomy, recounting a pilled-up night out in the manner of a wizened old bluesman.
Ally Carnwath writes on Africa and music for the Guardian and Observer