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When Jacob Anderson inked his record deal with Columbia Records back in 2013, many would argue that not much was expected of him. Up until this point, his acting talents were the main focus, having appeared in a variety of British films and TV shows. Even as early EPs The Middle Child and Black & Blue began to trickle out and land on more and more ears, he still seemed like the underdog in a way; almost like he wasn't supposed to be a singer.

But with the release of his debut album, You're A Man Now, Boy Jacob 'Raleigh Ritchie' Anderson is ready to make a firm mark on the music scene as one of the UK's best male artists. And that's not just as a singer; that's as a fantastic writer and an extraordinary performer too. While this backstory might seem like elaborate filler, it's rather apt given the album's title.

There's an even mixture of familiarity, curiosity and experimentation on this album with tracks such as 'A Moor' and 'Stronger Than Ever' making second first impressions. From the outside, it might seem like adding these older records as something of a cop-out but in actual fact, these older records all hold their weight and find a formidable home in their respective slots on the album. 'Bloodsport' - an evidently firm fan favourite - also makes a re-appearance with a 2015 refresh courtesy of Rosie Danvers (Kanye West, Adele), who handles all the strings work across the record. Older records aside, 'I Can Change' immediately stands out as perhaps the centrepiece of the album, which sees Ritchie (successfully) tackle a falsetto chorus (which he believes makes him almost sound American) while the Chris Loco-produced 'Cowards' might just be the album's centrepiece in terms of eccentricity. Its bouncy, synth glittered production meets Ritchie in full smooth R&B singer mode, particularly on the piano-led bridge right before the end.

'Keep It Simple', which has already earned a place on Ritchie's live sets, also gets something of a refresh with an unexpected feature from man of the hour Stormzy, which one might argue is Stormzy's first step into the big, bad world of pop music. Heavy on synths, this foot-tapper feels like a future hit with Stormzy waxing lyrically about sharing cake with his bae and Ritchie pretending to be too good to call a potential boo-thing. Who'd have thought it? 'Young & Stupid', which sits towards the end of the album, feels like an almost-adult Ritchie wanting to hold onto the final strands of youth while still holding onto the desire of wanting to be an adult to do what he wants, while the title track acts as a realisation that becoming a man is something that has to happen.

In the past, Ritchie had spoken on his failed attempts at therapy sessions. You're a Man Now, Boy is ultimately those failed therapy sessions had they worked out, backed by an assortment of modern day R&B/Hip-Hop-esque pop productions. It's a stark and raw musical introduction on a grander scale. It's an album for the modern day man. This isn't your typical male singer/songwriter trying to be the archetypal "sweet boy" R&B singer, discussing all his female conquests, it's an album of growth, honesty and emotional release. It's a deeply passionate and emotive album with some deeply meaningful messages. Give it the attention it deserves.

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