"There's a Beast and We All Feed It"
Released: 28 July 2014
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.
The first single "What Doesn't Kill You" was announced and released from Shangri La on 23 September 2013. 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. 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. However, following a "sold-out" tour in the United States, the release was rescheduled to 19 November 2013, a day after the UK release.
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'.