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Boomkat Product Review:
After 2007's Matinee, Jack Penate finds himself not only greatly improved but virtually transformed. Having been a Telecaster wielding troubadour on his debut album, the London-based songwriter looks far beyond that erstwhile musical persona for the aptly titled Everything Is New. One of the record's most striking attributes is its multi-layered Paul Epworth production, lending an organic, hip-shaking quality to Penate's music, which has evolved far beyond his rather thin, ska-influenced pop-punk of old into a soulful brew of danceable arrangements and eloquently delivered sentiment. 'Pull My Heart Away' hardly gives any indication of the Afro-pop and Tropicalia hybrids to come, but it does establish the sort of widescreen sound palette that characterises the album, combining echoing guitars and choirs for an oxymoronically uplifting downbeat opener. 'Be The One' has chart potential in abundance, calling upon brass and a healthy supply of disco strings in the chorus, while 'Everything Is New' and 'Tonight's Today' keep the impeccable pop momentum rolling, the former often bringing to mind a less electronically rigid Friendly Fires, while the latter betrays a Fela Kuti influence that seemingly came out of nowhere. To anyone who heard Matinee this album is bound to come as a most pleasant surprise: it oozes maturity and gives an artist you might previously have written off a fresh start. Recommended.