Shangri La (album)

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Shangri La
Jake Bugg Shangri La.jpg
Studio album by Jake Bugg
Released 18 November 2013 (2013-11-18)
Recorded 2013 at Shangri-La, Malibu, California, U.S.
Genre Indie rock, folk rock
Length 39:57
Label Mercury (UK), Island (U.S.)
Producer Rick Rubin
Jake Bugg chronology
Jake Bugg
(2012)
Shangri La
(2013)
Messed Up Kids
(2014)
Singles from Shangri La
  1. "What Doesn't Kill You"
    Released: 23 September 2013 (2013-09-23)
  2. "Slumville Sunrise"
    Released: 21 October 2013 (2013-10-21)
  3. "A Song About Love"
    Released: 10 January 2014 (2014-01-10)
  4. "Me and You"
    Released: 10 March 2014 (2014-03-10)
  5. "Messed Up Kids"
    Released: 12 May 2014 (2014-05-12)
  6. "There's a Beast and We All Feed It"
    Released: July 28, 2014 (2014-07-28)[1]

Shangri La is the second studio album by English indie rock artist Jake Bugg. The album was produced by Rick Rubin and named after his studio in Malibu, California, where recording took place in the summer of 2013. The album was released on 18 November 2013 and was met with mixed reactions from fans and critics.[2]

Release[edit]

The first single "What Doesn't Kill You" was announced and released from Shangri La on 23 September 2013.[3] On 17 October 2013, "Slumville Sunrise" was revealed as the second single from the album, and a video promoting the song and album was released.[4] Two more singles "A Song About Love" and "Me and You" were released in early 2014. However these singles, and indeed all the singles from this album, have failed to reach the commercial success as the singles on his previous album. Failing to give him a UK Top 40 hit. The album was originally scheduled for release in the United States on 14 January 2014, by Island Records, with a five song EP released on 18 November 2013.[5] However, following a "sold-out" tour in the United States, the release was rescheduled to 19 November 2013, a day after the UK release.[6]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 66/100[7]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[8]
Clash 9/10 stars[9]
Digital Spy 4/5 stars[10]
The Independent 4/5 stars[11]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[12]
Metro 4/5 stars[13]
Time Out 3/5 stars[14]
NME 6/10 stars[15]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[16]
Drowned in Sound 6/10 stars[17]

The album received mixed reviews from critics. Barry Nicolson from the NME gave the album a 6/10 review and said "By rush-releasing ‘Shangri La’, Bugg manages to circumvent some second album pratfalls, although he’s succumbed to the most obvious one – it’s not as good as his first." The Guardian also gave a negative review, giving the album 2 stars and remarking that "his new album is pretty run of the mill".

However at Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 66 (based on 15 reviews) indicating the reception of the album has been 'generally favourable'.[7]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "There's a Beast and We All Feed It"   Jake Bugg, Iain Archer 1:43
2. "Slumville Sunrise"   Bugg, Archer 2:59
3. "What Doesn't Kill You"   Bugg, Archer 2:08
4. "Me and You"   Bugg 2:57
5. "Messed Up Kids"   Bugg, Archer, Brendan Benson 2:59
6. "A Song About Love"   Bugg, Archer 3:58
7. "All Your Reasons"   Bugg 5:08
8. "Kingpin"   Bugg, Archer, Benson 2:30
9. "Kitchen Table"   Bugg 4:55
10. "Pine Trees"   Bugg, Archer 2:45
11. "Simple Pleasures"   Bugg, Matt Sweeney 5:01
12. "Storm Passes Away"   Bugg, Archer, Benson 2:55
Bonus tracks
  • "Strange Creatures" (Free download from Amazon.de)[18]
  • "A Change in the Air" (Extra track from Japanese release of the album)[19]

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2013) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[21] 38
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[22] 22
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[23] 14
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[24] 42
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[25] 30
Dutch Albums (MegaCharts)[26] 32
French Albums (SNEP)[27] 61
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[28] 21
Irish Albums (IRMA)[29] 9
Italian Albums (FIMI)[30] 96
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[31] 19
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[32] 28
Scottish Albums (OCC)[33] 2
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[34] 19
UK Albums (OCC)[35] 3
US Billboard 200[36] 46

Year-end charts[edit]

Chart (2014) Position
Belgium (Ultratop Flanders)[37] 150

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Jake Bugg announces new album 'Shangri La', unveils single 'What Doesn't Kill You' - listen". NME. September 23, 2013. Retrieved September 24, 2013. 
  4. ^ Dan Hyman (October 17, 2013). "Jake Bugg Shows Guitar Skills on 'Slumville Sunrise' – Song Premiere". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 18, 2013. 
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  8. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Shangri La – Jake Bugg". AllMusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  9. ^ Simon Harper (6 November 2013). "Jake Bugg - Shangri La". Clash. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  10. ^ Adam Silverstein (13 November 2013). "Jake Bugg: 'Shangri La' - Album review". Digital Spy. Hearst Magazines UK. Retrieved 15 November 2013. 
  11. ^ Kevin Harley (17 November 2013). "Album review: Jake Bugg, Shangri La, Virgin/EMI". The Independent. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  12. ^ Alex Petridis (14 November 2013). "Jake Bugg: Shangri-La – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
  13. ^ Cowan, Amber (15 November 2013). "Jake Bugg's new album, Shangri La, proves he’s set to go the distance". Metro. Retrieved 17 November 2013. 
  14. ^ Daisy Jones (8 November 2013). "Jake Bugg – 'Shangri La' album review". Time Out. Retrieved 12 June 2013. 
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  16. ^ Jon Dolan (19 November 2013). "Jake Bugg - Shangri La". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 21 November 2013. 
  17. ^ Marc Burrows (18 November 2013). "Album Review: Jake Bugg - Shangri La". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 12 June 2014. 
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  19. ^ Jake Bugg - A Change in the Air on YouTube
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  29. ^ "GFK Chart-Track Albums: Week 47, 2013". Chart-Track. IRMA. Retrieved 22 November 2013.
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  37. ^ http://www.ultratop.be/nl/annual.asp?year=2014&cat=a