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Jack Savoretti – Sweet Hurt EP review

Succumb to the subtle charms of Sweet Hurt.

Jack Savoretti

Singer songwriter Jack Savoretti’s talent has so far been brutally overlooked on our shores, but latest release EP Sweet Hurt looks set to change this.

Having recently supported The Boss and Brit favourite Jake Bugg, its little wonder the English-Italian has garnered favourable comparisons to Bob Dylan. His captivating live performances are slowly finally gaining the musician overdue interest, appreciation and a torrent of fans.

The title track introduces Savoretti’s understated sweet style, with more than a hint of the exotic emphasised by the mariachi-esque strumming of acoustic guitars, instantly conjuring wistful thoughts of pure white sands and glistening waters.

Savoretti has released three albums to date, with the most recent Before The Storm proving the most prevalent, going to number one on the Indie Album Charts. He has sold out countless tours, appeared on BBC Breakfast and performed at festival circuit favourites Glastonbury and Hard Rock Calling, yet still his name bubbles away on the edges of our collective consciousness, only ever really attracting critical acclaim in the UK rather than the far reaching commercial success achieved overseas, thanks in part to musical stints on hit US shows including One Tree Hill and The Vampire Diaries.

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Incredibly, he has only ever occasionally popped up properly on our radar, his hushed tones never quite being loud enough to make people pay apposite attention. Broken Glass exhibits quiet strength, serenading with every whispered word, Savoretti appears blissfully unaware of the appeal of his hushed tones, unwittingly swaying admiration to adoration; the listener hopeless to resist his gentle charm.

For any who may have so far stood firm against this innocent charm offensive, the ethereal feel of finale anti-ballad The Hurt is sure to enrapture. Swelling strings and striking symphonies force surrender with the aid of mesmerising repeat lyrics ‘it’s the hurt that breaks your heart’.

Written and produced with Samuel Dixon (Adele, Sia), credited with helping to sculpture Savoretti’s skills are fatherhood and collaborating with song writing powerhouses the Scandinavian Collective (Morrison/Mraz). An intellectual performer possessing the illustrious ability to transport listeners a world away from their rooted place in reality deserves to be celebrated.

An instant classic that’s over far too soon; Sweet Hurt is simply sublime.

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