Brit Awards: The music not the drama

Tom Buckle reviews the highs and lows of this year’s Brit Awards.

This year the Brits awards were blown away by two artists, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith, and these names hardly caused any surprise when they were announced. Both men had an amazing year in 2014, selling millions of albums between them, so we expected them to appear on the Brit stage at least once.

Mastercard British Album / British Male Solo Artist
Mastercard British Album / British Male Solo Artist Winner : Ed Sheeran

And that’s exactly what they did. Sheeran was awarded the ‘MasterCard British Album’ and ‘British Male Solo Artist’ trophies following the release of the record-selling album X that remained at the Number 1 top spot for the album charts for 11 consecutive weeks and included chart toppers such as Sing, Don’t and Thinking Out Loud.

I believe the reason for the success behind Ed Sheeran’s album was because of the wide variety of singles. Throughout the CD the genre is different, and the style changes from the injection of strong beats or with only guitar riffs occupying his voice. All these tracks make you want to singalong, with lyrics that are easy to pick up on and a tune that will remain in your head for the   rest of the day.

British Breakthrough Act / Brits Global Success Winner : Sam Smith
British Breakthrough Act / Brits Global Success Winner : Sam Smith

On the other hand Smith was given awards for ‘British Breakthrough Act’ and ‘Brits Global Success’ after his latest album In The Lonely Hour released back in May 2014 that gave us successful singles including Money on My Mind, Stay With Me and I Know I’m Not the Only One.

I’ve never been a huge fan of Sam Smith, although I accept many millions of people do. To me his singles all sound the same and all have the same meaning. This means that when I listen to his album I’m not certain if I’m not just listening to the same song on repeat. But I’m not arguing with the 3 million who’ve bought his album, I think he deservedly earned the world-wide attention that he has gained.

Another artist, you may not have heard of, who won a Brit award was James Bay. Even though he is underground at present, he is still an owner of the ‘Critics’ Choice Award’ for singles such as Hold Back the River and If You Ever Want to Be in Love. He has very recently released his new album and is a popular name on the radio. Maybe soon he will be a popular name in the Official Charts as well.

Critics’ Choice Award Winner : James Bay

Although I am not very familiar with the music by James Bay, I am a fan of his music. The single Hold Back the River combines a mixture of soft vocals accompanying bass that escalates to a powerful voice backed by drums and a choir. His type of music is very similar to well-known artists such as Elbow, which is a style that is rapidly increasing in popularity. His announcement at the Brits has given him attention and so it will not be a surprise to hear his name spoken more often in the future.