THIS 23-year old Yorkshireman made his name earlier this year as the voice of Rudimental’s smash Feel the Love, and has since scored a No 1 hit of his own with Love Me Again.
Retro-tinged, yet bristling with radio potential, it’s easy to see Cheating and Losing Sleep achieving similar success, while the equally-impressive title track even provides an extensive roll-call of those influences.
It can get a little sappy at points, but the appeal of Newman’s voice is undeniable, and if promoted correctly you get the sense this debut could be massive. 7/10. AW
* You can see what all the fuss is about when John Newman performs at the O2 Academy in Newcastle on Saturday, February 1. Tickets go on sale on October 16.