UK chart-topper ‘Singing to Strangers’ a worthy victor

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English solo acoustic singer Jack Savoretti has walked a long road to success, but it seems as though he has finally reached it with his new album, “Singing to Strangers.” Savoretti’s sixth album has become his first to top the charts, already hitting number one after its March 15 release.

Savoretti had previously had two other top 10 albums, but “Written in Scars” and “Sleep No More” only reached seventh and sixth respectively. The success of “Singing to Strangers” was not lost on Savoretti, who posted a video to his Instagram account last Sunday thanking his fans.

“I really want to take this particular moment to say thank you to you guys, you on the other side of this,” Savoretti said in part of his post. “You’ve spread the word, you’ve spread the love. You keep listening, and that’s what matters. That’s what we’re here to do, make music that you guys want to hear, and I hope it makes you guys feel something.”

Savoretti certainly achieved his goal.

Prior to “Singing to Strangers,” I had never heard of Savoretti. In fact, I only found his album because it was on NPR’s weekly new music list. What I did find, however, should not be overlooked.

The album as a whole felt very personal. Each song was unique enough to feel original, but to me, the entire album had a sense of nostalgia surrounding it. The accompanying instrumentals — mainly piano, guitar and drums — that would occasionally swell to meet Savoretti’s vocals were beautiful, and the rhythms were unique enough to draw my attention without distracting from the lyrics.

Speaking of lyrics, those that were a part of “Singing to Strangers” made me feel as if each of Savoretti’s songs was a photograph of a singular moment. This added to the nostalgic feeling that I got while listening to the album. Savoretti’s voice worked well with the lyrics he was singing, as he could sing soft lyrics with a much gruffer tone throughout many of the songs. The edge that he often added with his voice made the words he was singing that much stronger, making the emotion feel raw.

I didn’t know if I would enjoy this album, but it ended up being an unexpectedly pleasant surprise. Savoretti has the talent, style and depth that I love to hear while also adding the contrast between soft, bittersweet lyrics and his gruffer voice. Savoretti may not have hit it big yet in America, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see him as a refreshing newcomer before too long. Savoretti hoped to make an album that made people feel something, and I certainly did while listening to “Singing to Strangers”; surprised and impressed.

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