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Rag'n'Bone Man's Soulful Debut, Human
   2017-03-03 10:25:58    CRIENGLISH.com      Web Editor: Wang Ling


Anchor: Hello everyone; and nice to have you join me on Music+, a weekly show where we explore music and more. I'm Wang Ling.
On today's show, we will take a listen of English singer-songwriter, Rory Graham's album; Human. This record is the debut effort of the singer, who is better known as Rag'n'Bone Man. The past year has been monumental for this soul newcomer, who bagged this year's Brit's Critics Choice Award and celebrated massive sales of his chart-topping debut, Human.

The album is opened with its namesake track, "Human". Released as the album's lead single, Human has been certified Platinum in five countries and Gold in 7 countries, has been streamed 45 million times and hit the number 1 spot on iTunes in 25 countries.
Cameron Adams of The Daily Telegraph compared the song to "Take Me to Church" by Hozier for both having an "instant impact, honest lyrics and throwback to 'real' music in a time of corporate pop."

We have just heard Human, the opening track of Rag'n'Bone Man's eponymous album. The 32-year-old broke through with this smash hit and impressed listeners with his weighty and stentorian voice.
The singer's vocals are almost supernaturally good, deep and weathered far beyond his age. The spiritual heft carried in his gusty delivery will make believers out of his audience. "Skin" is one such track that showcases Graham's soulful vocals over a giant, hip-hop-style beat.

That was "Skin", the third track and second official single from Rag'n'Bone Man's 2017 release Human. Figures from the Official Charts Company show that Graham has shifted an impressive 117,000 copies of the record since release; and that means Human has become the fastest-selling male debut album of the decade. What's more, the album is officially the biggest ever debut from a UK artist on Apple Music.

What has led to his breaking success is Graham's dedication to music. He has been honing his craft for 15 years, from his teens as rapper Rag'n'Bonez in his native Uckfield; and then at 19, encouraged by his father, started singing at local blues nights. His combined love for blues and rap soon developed into something bigger, when he joined Brighton's hip-hop crew The Rum Committee, regularly travelling up to London to play hip-hop nights in Brixton. The releases of his Blues Town, Wolves and Disfigured EPs earned him huge crowds across the country, firming a dedicated fan base incredibly early in his career.

His first full-length album also borrows stylistic tropes from both genres. Ego is a track in which a trumpet and piano sit elegantly alongside hip-hop beats and Graham's rapping to create a fresh and vibrant sound; while "Innocent Man" is a number that has an infectious hook and brassy instrumentation of the blues.

You are listening to "Innocent Man" from Rag'n'Bone Man's debut album release, Human. The primary focus of the album's each track is Graham's voice. His raspy, blues-gospel powerhouse delivery is compelling, but rarely does this album push him near his limits.
The album's closer, Die Easy is a two-and-a-half minute pure a cappella, an impressive virtuoso vocal performance. It demonstrates a distinct sense of vulnerability as Graham both exposes himself and his voice and pays homage to old-age blues as emphasizing the depth of his voice.

That was Die Easy from the album of Human; the British singer/songwriter Rag'n'Bone Man's latest release. The 12-track project is at once modern and classic, fusing blues, hip-hop and vintage sounds with a pop attitude.
On the more upbeat 'Arrow', the artist manages to show the pop touch to his music. The feel-good beats, and accelerated tempo contrasts and yet sits comfortably alongside his bluesy core.

What we are hearing is Arrow from Rag'n'Bone Man's debut album, Human. The sweeping success of Graham's debut saw this 32-year-old soulful vocalist land this year's BRIT's Critics Choice Award. The award is often seen as a guarantee of future success, which has previously been won by the likes of Adele, Sam Smith and Emilie Sande among others. At the same time, Graham took home his second Brits, the British Breakthrough Act.
With its unique bluesy stance, strong blend of vocal approaches, and a startling soulful dimension, Human is set to hopefully be a chartbuster and thoroughly deserves our highest accolade.

To wrap up the show, here is another track off the album, Be the Man. To revisit our show, log on to our website, Newsplusradio.cn. You can also check the latest releases and tour information on our weibo page; weibo.com/crimusicplus. Otherwise, feel free to drop us an email at crimusicplus@qq.com.
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