British singer-songwriter Rory Graham (better known as Rag’n’Bone Man) is just about to drop his second album Life By Misadventure, and to celebrate we’re going to take you through some of his best hits.
Popping onto the scene back in 2010, and letting us hear all might with his debut album Human back in 2017, blues, hip-hop, and indie pop fusion Rag’n’Bone Man is back at it again with his second album Life By Misadventure hitting shelves on Friday, May 7th.
Life By Misadventure is a step away from the heavy blues and soul influences of Human, with influence from late country folk artist John Prine, pop-orientated sound of 70s guitar bands such as Blondie and X-Ray Spex and the soaring melodies and synths of 80s Springsteen, among others influences.
While we await for his newest album to drop, we’ve already been treated to the likes of ‘All You Ever Wanted’ and ‘Anywhere Away From Here (feat. P!nk)’, which have completely taken our breath away with Rag’n’Bone Man’s deep, moody vocals carefully placed on top of driving beats.
From his early days with his first EP called Bluestown all the way to now with Life By Misadventure right about to drop, Rag’n’Bone Man has been one to impress, with his vocals flowing effortlessly in each song he does, no matter if it kicks fast or slow.
Without further adieu, we present our picks of Rag’n’Bone Man’s extensive discography, leaving one of his newest singles from his upcoming album Life By Misadventure for last.
1. ‘All You Ever Wanted’
Opening up our list, we’d be remiss if we looked over one of Rag’n’Bone Man’s largest tracks – ‘All You Ever Wanted’. Shining as the first single from his upcoming album Life By Misadventure, it gives us a good taste of what’s to come.
‘All You Ever Wanted’ – along with the rest of Life By Misadventure- was recorded ‘live’ in the studio of Grammy Award-winning producer and multi-instrumentalist Mike Elizondo (a musician who has recorded with the likes of Eminem, 50 Cent, Fiona Apple, Alanis Morissette) just outside of Nashville to capture that raw feeling of a band playing in the room.
The band features Rag N Bone Man’s longtime collaborators Ben Jackson-Cook (keys, co-songwriter and co-producer of the record alongside Graham), Bill Banwell (bass guitar, co-songwriter) and Desri Ramus (backing vocals). They are joined by such legendary artists as Grammy-winner Daru Jones, (who played the drums for Jack White’s Lazaretto), widely regarded as one of the finest drummers of his generation, and guitarist Wendy Melvoin, who joined Prince’s band, The Revolution, when she was just 19 years old.
Just listen to those vocals, and you’ll know why this song made our list. Pure perfection in every note, from a true expert.
3. ‘Fall In Love Again’
Diving into that ever-troubling aspect of the end of a relationship where you’re clearly not over it just yet, ‘Fall In Love Again’ is a song we’ve simply fallen in love with.
4. ‘Broken People (feat. Logic)’
Together with US rapper Logic, Rag’n’Bone Man blew fans away with this song chock full of both powerful lyrics and vocals alongside a killer backing beat.
A chart-topper for sure, ‘Skin’ boasts a massive 236million streams on Spotify and went Platinum in Australia, and it shows no sign of stopping. It’s no wonder this song has become such a hit – it just screams inspiration.
6. ‘Giant (feat. Calvin Harris)’
Teaming up with Scottish DJ Calvin Harris, ‘Giant’ explores both elements of what makes both him and Rag’n’Bone Man forces to be reckoned with in the music world.
The opening and title track song from his first album, ‘Human’ explores the vulnerability of simply being alive, emitting pure emotion with every verse. This song was a smash hit around the globe and in Australia, going 5x Platinum in the great southern land.
8. ‘Anywhere Away From Here (feat. P!nk)’
‘Anywhere Away From Here’ featuring the one and only pop sensation P!nk is one of the latest, and one of the greatest tracks from Rag’n’Bone Man, yet. From his forthcoming album Life By Misadventure that drops on May 7th, ‘Anywhere Away From Here’ gets the feels going like never before.
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Rag’n’Bone Man’s second album Life By Misadventure is out on Friday, May 7th.