Review: Jacob Banks – ‘The Monologue’ Ep
He's only being singing for a year but already the guy with the bow tie, sauvé jacket and slick raspy tone has won over admirers by the hundreds. Not only does he sing as though he has years of experience but he also writes like some of the greatest of our time. Who's the man in question? Mr. Jacob Banks of course…
After earning himself some stripes on the live circuit, Banks has gone on to lend his voice to BBC 1Xtra Live sessions and ATP Tennis openings. Starting 2013 with what could be called a late Christmas present, or better yet an early Valentines gift, the Birmingham-bred soul singer delivered his very first EP ‘The Monologue’.
Moving through the eight-track EP, it's not easy to pass songs without giving a thought or two on each and although ‘Rainy Day’ is as excellent as ‘Worthy’, ‘Dear Simone’ is a track that definitely needs recognition.
As soon as I heard this track I was hooked; if Jacob was trying to recreate that 80's motown/throw down/let's make babies sound, that's exactly what his done. Ironically, ‘Dear Simone’ is a song about hurt and loss as he gives a vocal performance enough to steal any woman's man. By far my personal favourite song from the EP.
‘Kids On The Corner’ is the next track, which many people may have seen the video for as 2012 came to a close. ‘Homecoming’ is another beautifully written song, the sort that really makes you take in the words and wonder how a structure so simple can take you on a journey.
‘Hostage’ and ‘YOLO’ are just as credible as the rest of the EP lyrically and in the ears, the closing track from The Monologue’ is a diamond in the dirt; ‘Something Beautiful’ is like a chameleon, anyone and everyone can relate to it and take away a different meaning no matter what walk of life you may be from.
After eight tracks of pure soulful I have to say Jacob Banks will be a name we won’t forget anytime soon. ‘The Monologue’ has potential to be a classic; I can’t wait to hear what an album from Jacob will sound like.
Words: Jay Wrighter (@WritersBlockJ)