This memorial track for charity campaigner Stephen Sutton has gained lots of traction this week, storming into the iTunes charts and currently sits at number five in the mid-week chart.
Forgetting the great cause it’s for for a moment, this is a very raw, basically produced number that you will either love or find awkward to listen to. The vocals sound quiet in the mix compared to the instrumental, and there’s a feel of a quick, live recording to it.
It’s a difficult song to review as the emotion stirred up from the sombre composition in light of Sutton’s death sits with you, but musically it’s simple and bitty, but has a distinct chorus that proves to be the hub of the piece.
As a gritty, quickly recorded piece for a good cause it works, but could do with a bit of trimming and cleaning up to be musically more solid.