Review: Jamie T – ‘Tescoland’


The young Jamie T of 2007 whilst showing all the right signs that he's growing up and hitting his career high.

‘Tescoland,’ the third single from recent album Trick – his second in as many years after the five year gap between Kings & Queens and Carry On The Grudge – is Jamie T at his best, reminding us why we fell for him after the release of Panic Prevention in 2007. An upbeat album highlight that would not be out of place amongst the livelier tracks by The Clash, it brings a riff that sounds like it was written by Mick Jones and Joe Strummer.

Opening with a supermarket intercom voice, Jamie jumps straight back into his habitual style with frantic drumming and throbbing guitar, all blended perfectly with his laidback vocals. Lyrically, ‘Tescoland’ is a story of Jamie escaping to New York for the summer after a heartbreak-filled winter filled, concluding with an admission that, no matter what he does, the Wimbledon boy will forever end up back home. Instantly likeable, energetic, and released to coincide with a post-album tour, it’s easy to see ‘Tescoland’ becoming a fan favourite.

‘Tescoland’ is out now via Virgin EMI


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