I was sitting in a bus last weekend with my mp3 player playing Tom Odell’s “Long Way Down” album in full for the first time. About one third of the way through the first track “Grow Old with Me” I realised I was crying. I think a few people were staring at me wondering what the hell was going on. But I couldn’t stop.
And tonight, as I was enjoying a hot bath with Tom’s album playing loudly from my bedroom I wondered..had it really only been two weeks since all this craziness started?
Yes, it was Friday night about two weeks ago when I was randomly surfing the web and clicked on a link which took me to a youtube video of Tom performing “Grow Old With Me”. Not sure why I did it – I never discover new music in that way. And anyway, most of the music I’ve been buying for the last two years has had to be imported from Sweden. Anyway, I did have a vague recollection of seeing the cover of “Long Way Down” at JB HiFi weeks ago in the new release section. I think I thought “cute guy, probably photoshopped, music is probably r&b or some other X-Factor-type winner shit like everything else that’s out at the moment.” I didn’t give it another thought.
Until that Friday night when I clicked the link. I watched the performance and the voice, the look, the emotion, the music…it just jumped out of the screen and grabbed me by the throat. I clicked on some more links and discovered the clip for “Another Love” which also knocked me down. I listened to one or two more tracks via youtube and then stopped. It was all a bit too much. I said to my flatmate that we had to go out on Saturday because I had to look at the CD again and that “I might buy it.” Might? Yeah right…pig’s arse. The choice came down to WHICH version of the CD I would get – the standard or the deluxe. The deluxe won out of course.
As always with me, I didn’t play the CD immediately nor did I transfer it to my PC or mp3 player for a few days. I went back to youtube to watch a couple more clips and also surfed the web for pictures and interviews with Tom. He is fucking gorgeous. A blonde god. But more than that, from interviews I watched, he’s a really nice, down to earth guy. Who also just happens to write killer songs and sing with a kind of honesty and emotion that makes me feel like I’m being punched in the gut when I listen to him.
I’m not sure how long it has been since music really got inside me and fucked me over emotionally. I love music, pop music – preferably “up” and “happy” and the pop-ier and dance-ier the better. But this is different. This really makes me FEEL stuff.
If I sound obsessed well that’s just because…I am. How anyone that beautiful and genuine can have so much fucking raw musical talent just blows me away. And how he can get that emotion into his voice…I just don’t know. All I know is that he has really knocked me sideways.
He has a couple of killer videos out there also. This official promo video for “Grow Old With Me” could bring tears to a glass eye!
I’ve managed to convert the flatmate into being a fan as well. Initially a skeptic, I made him watch this promo video for “Another Love”. It only took one viewing. The song is perhaps the most well known of Tom’s but this particular video is just so….simply and raw and it just sells him and the song so well…it’s impossible not to be affected.
There are so many other moving songs on the CD…”I Know”, “Til I Lost”, “Can’t Pretend”….no wonder I get so emotional when I listen to the album.
Hilariously, he was in Australia the other week. On TV, doing promo, the whole thing. But at that stage I didn’t have a flying fuck of an idea who he was. No interest whatsoever. So I missed all that.
But here we are a few weeks later and I’m emoting along with Tom in a hot bath. So um yeah…I’m obsessed. I’d probably be a stalker if I lived in England Tom Odell is just so fucking, fucking amazing.
Of course he’s straight…well, you can’t have everything!