Josh Curnow: Phase Two

 

JoshBookletOuterNOTEMPHarrison Burdon reviews Phase Two, the second EP from local acoustic singer/ songwriter, Josh Curnow.

The rough-edged, rambling, pop-rock voice of Josh Curnow is fast becoming a name on the end of people’s tongues across the South West. Since pursuing his solo aspirations a few years ago, he has quietly been honing his craft. His gig count is rising after playing festivals such as Party On The Hill with the likes of Matt Cardle, and he also graced the stage at the Great Escape Festival, Brighton’s showcase for fast emerging artists.

Phase Two kicks off where his debut EP Me v You finished. Songs of heartbreak, life, love, good and bad times alike, make this a very personal and believable collection. Sure… he isn’t going to win the award for best songwriter of all time but let’s face it; I think Bob Dylan or The Beatles have that one in the bag. Nevertheless, this still doesn’t stop you incessantly singing along in a drunken charm. If there’s one thing this EP shows is that he’s heading in the right direction.

‘I Feel Alive’ begins the EP in great fashion. The song sucks you in right from the off and gives you a feeling of euphoria, then it hits you with the chorus which can only be described as the holy grails of the EP – a massive step towards competing with more commercial solo songwriters. Some of the slower songs such as ‘The Waiting Game’ seem more like album fillers compared to the opener but he’s at his best when he’s at his liveliest. The instant feel-good factor that ‘Take A Walk’ hits you with, rings clear with essences of Jason Mraz’s ‘I’m Yours’, and Train’s ‘Hey, Soul Sister’.

If you haven’t already checked out Josh Curnow, then do it and quickly! He is on the up and is definitely one to watch.

Phase Two is out now and available from www.joshcurnow.com/shop

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