It’s effing frigid outside, America, so what better time to shut yourself in, read a good book, catch up on Downton Abbey and discover a really great album? Of course, Tribute, the debut LP by 23-year-old John Newman isn’t exactly new — it was released this past October in the crooner’s home country of England (and much of the rest of Europe). But the record finally sees the light of day on American shores today (January 7).
Lead single “Love Me Again” is a breathtaking, slamming soul jam you should not miss. (Perhaps you recall Voice finalist Will Champlin performing it on the show in November?) But there are a dozen tracks on Tribute, and they’re all worthy gems — particularly the heart-piercing tales of woe “Easy” and “Running,” and the so-uplifting-it’s-silly “Gold Dust.” Hear a sampler of all the songs on Tribute here, then go buy the album on iTunes.