Winston would, however, almost certainly baulk at being mentioned in the same sentence as Murs – instead his influences include such iconic artists as Tom Waits, Leonard Cohenand Stevie Wonder. There’s no problem with that, of course – today’s pop scene undoubtedly could do with several shots of whatever those artists have. Yet this inspiration finds an uneasy expression in Running Still, an album which seems at once determined to break Winston in the UK while going to pains to emphasise his quirkiness. So Hello Alone is followed by Speak To Me, a song best described as Fisher Price Tom Waits. With its beat-boxing, noisy percussion and singing-cum-rapping delivery it aims for a beguilingly shambolic inventiveness, but its intentions are writ so large that it only seems try-hard.
My review of the new Charlie Winston album at the link above.