Warning: Avoid listening to Life By Misadventure in public places where bursting into tears may cause embarrassment.

“Sometimes I close my eyes and dream I’m somewhere else/ Anywhere away from here…”
Rag’n’Bone Man explains his latest single, Anywhere Away From Here (feat. P!nk), is about “wanting to disappear from uncomfortable situations,” and conveying vulnerability is his forte.

This set of songs was recorded like a live album in order to tap into raw emotion, and his crestfallen timbre – delivering repeated, doleful phrases such as “I don’t wanna fall in love again,” and “Don’t that make you feel alone” – devastates; just when you think he’s maxed-out on emotional heft, Rag’n’Bone Man unearths a hidden heartstring to pluck.

Fall In Love Again, a song about “sabotaging your own relationship for fear of commitment”, is a masterpiece of Human-level proportions; backing vocals evoke a choir of sighing angels throughout Alone; and the bluesy swag of standout track Somewhere Along The Way balances melancholy with hope.

Life By Misadventure contains contributions from drummer Daru Jones (who worked on Jack White’s 2014 solo album Lazaretto) and guitarist Wendy Melvoin (from Prince’s The Revolution), but Rag’n’Bone Man’s voice alone brings out the feels.

Life By Misadventure by Rag’n’Bone Man is out April 23 via Sony.

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