Long Way Down

Tom Odell - Long Way Down
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Based on 11 reviews
2013 Ratings: #952 / 960
User Score
Based on 43 ratings
2013 Ratings: #375
September 17, 2013 / Release Date
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From the evidence of Long Way Down, Tom Odell is the real deal – a modern songwriter who may be as much a commercial product as an artist but has the talent to match his appeal.

No Ripcord

Long Way Down is an album that, while often samey and, in the grand scheme of things, says next to nothing, heralds the arrival of a highly talented artist. Now we just need to find some fatal flaw in the Odell armoury so we can all act smug and faintly superior.


The appropriately titled Long Way Down, his debut long-payer, aims for the nosebleed seats without riddling its audience with cannon fire.

Time Out London
A few mid-album lulls expose Odell’s inexperience, but overall this is a debut that should keep him on the bus to stardom for many more stops to come.
Drowned in Sound

Long Way Down is not a dishonest record, it's just that Odell's paddling in a horses trough, thinking it's the sea. The whole thing just tumbles into itself. It’s like a ball of colourful plastiscines turned into one browny-green lump.

Here on Long Way Down, neither of Odell’s gifts—or their intimacy—are given space or time, lost instead in a sea of messy arrangements and a sense that, however fatuous, more must certainly mean better.

Make no mistake, this is V Festival, this is Olly Murs with a piano, this is not the saviour of British music on a global or domestic scale. Odell may well sell a lot of records (though long term, he may not) but as far as art to engage and inspire goes, ‘Long Way Down’ has precious little to recommend it.


Imagine this – an act that’s three parts Ben Howard, five parts Adele, four parts Keane, eight parts Florence and 500 parts Marcus Mumford’s arse .... Welcome to Tom Odell. Please, you’re welcome to him.

I still remember the day NME gave this 0/5 (back when they actually had the nerve to critically slate something that wasn't popular) and laughing so hard I dropped my copy. Thankfully, my laughter wasn't misplaced as I had faced the same disfortune that NME reviewer had - sure, Tom Odell has that singer-songwriter look but boy, does he not have the skill to go along with it.
HOW CAN PEOPLE NOT LIKE THIS ALBUM?! It shows off the best of Britain and what the music industry has in store for us. Fantastic debut Tom!
A bit disappointing but still not a bad record. It has mostly forgettable tracks, only maybe 6 out of the 10 are good but his voice is really special (not everyone's taste).
Favorite songs: I know; Can't pretend
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Track List

  1. Grow Old with Me
  2. Hold Me
  3. Another Love
  4. I Know
  5. Sense
  6. Can't Pretend
  7. Till I Lost
  8. Supposed to Be
  9. Long Way Down
  10. Sirens
  11. I Think It's Going to Rain Today
  12. Storms
  13. Heal
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