A sweet and simple debut release, but one that lacks the requisite punch.
“Outside In, the debut album from relative newcomer Luke White is a simple, stripped back affair that perfectly shows off the young singer-songwriter’s pure and rather angelic vocals. It’s these vocals that are White’s strongest selling point, and he’s clearly aware of this as the production (by White himself) is centred around these. Smart boy. When an album is this stripped back, it’s essential that the artist’s lyrics stand up to scrutiny, which luckily for White, they mainly do. For the most part he thankfully avoids the pitfalls of romantic clichés without being overpoweringly metaphorical or peculiar. However, they do occasionally grate, such as on ‘Maybe She Is Magic’ and ‘Made Of Love’ – “Maybe she is magic, maybe she is from outer space” and “You move like you’re made of love” just seem a little too clumsy.”
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Originally published on UnderSong on 31/07/2012