Calum Scott Only Human

REVIEW: ‘Only Human’ – Calum Scott

Singer and songwriter Calum Scott’s stunning debut album “Only Human”

by Mark Keen

Calum Scott was born and bred in my adopted hometown of Hull, and is known to many after his appearance in Britain’s Got Talent in 2015. He got Simon’s golden buzzer, but since then he has quietly built a career of his own without the input of Simon Cowell. In this article we are going to focus on his debut top ten album “Only Human”.

This album is a real gem. It really is Calum’s ‘coming out’ album dealing with the heartache, loneliness and joy of coming to terms with his sexuality. He does it with considerable charm and this never feels contrived. It’s certainly heartbreaking at times, but ultimately leaves us filled with hope.

Let’s start with his cover of Robyn‘s “Dancing On My Own”. With style and grace, and without the support of a major label, Calum managed an enormous sleeper hit across Europe in 2016 and even made ripples on the US Adult charts. To achieve such success without a major label is remarkable and demonstrates his strength and determination. This release earned him a well deserved Brit Award nomination.

The follow up single “Rhythm Inside” didn’t make the same impact, but nevertheless started to show there was more than meets the eye with Calum. He could have so easily disappeared after Britain’s Got Talent, but he soon started to win people over, and an honest and understated interview in Attitude showed that he was now confident enough to be open about his sexuality. Still a brave move for a pop star. The amazing thing is that he did it with the minimum of fuss.

In 2017 Calum carried on making various appearances, including on US television, and he soon came back to my attention with the stunning lyric video for “You Are The Reason”. In another place and time this would have been a huge hit, as it is a stunning ballad, but it has sold 2 million copies across the world. The proper video is again stunning, filmed in Kiev.

If this wasn’t enough Calum would then do various duets of “You Are The Reason” noticeably with Leona Lewis. They obviously had a fantastic time recording this duet and helped propel the single to Gold status in the US.

A further single “What I Miss Most” has been released and whilst not troubling the charts it is another great effort. This song lyrics features the famous ‘three crowns’ of Hull so we know he misses home. Again, I’ve picked the lyric video as this is another great effort.

However, Calum’s greatest achievement is his debut album “Only Human” with its highly personal lyrics. In my view, this is easily one of the best debut albums of the year. The album hit number 4 in the UK and has had success across the world, including the US.

There are some heartbreaking tracks (“If Our Love Is Wrong”) mixed with some great upbeat tracks (“Come Back Home”). One of the best tracks uses an interpolation (I think that’s the word) of Human League’s Human to stunning effect. “Stop Myself (Only Human)” would make a great single. There is an emotional co-write with Jamie Scott (who has written many a hit) in “Hotel Room” which is a lament about spending a night with someone who doesn’t feel the same way the next day. We’ve all been there!

So go and check out the album, you won’t be disappointed. I’m hoping to bump into Calum in Hull and get him to sign my CD. In the meantime he also has a co-wrote on a track on Boyzone’s forthcoming album.

If you want further proof of his versatility check out this collaboration with Don Diablo where Calum gets the paint out.

Keep in touch with Calum through his WEBSITE and his FACEBOOK page

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!

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