Raleigh Ritchie - You're A Man Now, Boy: A lot of heart and soul

Raleigh Ritchie - real name Jacob Anderson - is one of those multi-talented types.

By The Newsroom
Wednesday, 2nd March 2016, 4:01 pm
Updated Wednesday, 2nd March 2016, 4:06 pm
Raleigh Ritchie - You're A Man Now, Boy
Raleigh Ritchie - You're A Man Now, Boy

Not only is this, his debut record, a sunny, unhurried collection of songs that weave gently into your head and make your limbs stretch and roll, he's also Grey Worm in TV's Game Of Thrones.

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Fortunately it's not a case of spreading himself too thinly across too many disciplines, the 25-year-old moved to London from Bristol aged 17 to wholly pursue his music career, and you can hear the passion and the craft that's gone into making this album.

Blending R&B, electronica and streams of dance, singles Stronger Than Ever (melodic, morphing into anthemic, the lyrics screaming of loneliness) and Bloodsport '15 (soaring, angry, pained) are the most powerful and moving, but the brilliantly strings-heavy title track has just as much warmth, while The Greatest intriguingly overlays an impish Eighties vibe with anxious, shouty words.

There is a lot of heart and soul here - and thankfully no theatrics.