X Factor stars back with debut album releases
The X Factor is starting to become a regular theme on these columns but one must appreciate that it regularly attracts a peak of more than 10 million viewers per episode and has produced some mega-stars.
In the upcoming weeks rather co-incidentally are some soon-to-be massive X Factor 'alumni' are releasing albums, singles and musical bonanzas.
To quote Dermot O'Leary – first up is Lucy Spraggan, who has just released a revamped, glossier, more professional version of her audition song Last Night (Beer Fear).
Not only that, but the Spragganator is also releasing her debut major label album, Join the Club, which compiles a collection of pre-X Factor, self-written tracks and co-written post-X Factor, folkier tunes.
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Notable among the self-written tracks is the devastatingly simple, beautiful nod to a widowed old man and his wife, Tea & Toast.
The post-X Factor work, including her recent Top 30 Should've Been a Hit Lighthouse, is not as refreshingly organic as songs like Tea & Toast and Butterflies which separate the Spraggster from your Katy Perry and Rihanna, but this later stuff does carry a more festival-ready, catchy hook that is still as addictive as ever.
Following Ms Spraggan is her series' winner James Arthur whose first proper single You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You is set to be performed on this year's X Factor Live Shows, and rightfully so – it is quite marvellous.
Having bought his equally marvellous debut single Impossible, I was surprised to hear such a Motown-infused follow-up.
I'm a strong supporter of enticing intros and the popped guitar 'licks' and brass bonanzas lead us nicely into another strong, gritty vocal by Mr Arthur that gives a rather glossy song a tougher edge that will undoubtedly aid James on the staying power front.
The backing vocals are stunning and bring the delightfully-falsetto- lathered pre-chorus to a nice peak, right before we're thrown into a chorus that could've done without the 'cup filling up' or 'make it pop-ing' but is still catchy enough to surely give James Arthur a well-deserved chart hit.
Not that it'll stop Louis Walsh calling him a young Lenny Henry – Godspeed, James.
Lucy Spraggan's Last Night (Beer Fear) is out now on iTunes, Amazon, etc. Her album Join the Club will be available for download and physical purchase from iTunes, Amazon, HMV, etc from October 7.
James Arthur's You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You will be available from October 20, while his self-titled debut album is now available for pre-order, and will be released on November 4.