It can be difficult for new artists to come out as relevant while still making their own mark on the music industry and ultimately, get noticed. UK artist Jack Woodward attempts to acquire said unique attention by using current trends while somehow evoking nostalgia at the same time. Listing his influences as juggernauts like the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Bruce Springsteen and the Foo Fighters, he has set himself a solid base for success.
Although Woodward’s first two singles are not exactly ground-breaking in terms of content, they show potential especially in terms of his voice. His first single, “Someone Else’s Life,” sounds very 90s, giving those down-home, authentic, Brian Adams vibes. Woodward is just on the brink of sounding country because of the low tone of his voice. However, he gives a good balance of pop vocal style to accompany this a heavily acoustic track. The chorus is strong but the verses feel somewhat unsure and held back, which is expected for an artist’s first attempt at a single.
On the other hand, “Honey” is very upbeat and light compared to the focus on regrets and blowing chances in the previous song. He is alluding to his influences here with a Springsteen “Born to Run” inspired chorus, and a classic breakdown with fast, muted down strokes on the electric guitar. I would say this is the stronger of the two singles mostly because Woodward sounds more sure of his vocal and instrumental decisions. Both of which are well balanced with regard to sound engineering and production; they compliment each other well rather than one overpowering the other.
Woodward has a ton of potential and I feel like this is just a glimmer of what’s to come. His lyrics leave something to be desired, as they come off as quite superficial. However, if he can take a more unique spin on the stellar influences that come across in his music, success is in his reach. His main problem is standing out from the uninspired “dudes with guitars” mold, which is a fine line on which he is walking. Luckily, his musical talent provides him with the tools to do so, it’s just a matter of execution.