AOTY 2021

Life By Misadventure

Rag'n'Bone Man - Life By Misadventure
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2021 Ratings: #626 / 672
User Score
Based on 67 ratings
2021 Ratings: #870
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It is vulnerable, it’s raw, it’s powerful, it’s real, it’s free and it’s unapologetic. Each track on Life By Misadventure is a standout in its own right; a thoroughly well-put together album from start to finish.


Graham’s songwriting has blossomed, be it on the pounding All You Ever Wanted or the more ruminative Alone. All things being equal, he’s heading to the major league.

Evening Standard
It’s the quality of the songwriting, more than that huge voice, that shines through here.

There’s an immediacy and warmth about Life By Misadventure which bodes well for repeated plays. It helps as well that Graham has a voice that can raise up even the most mediocre song up to another level.

Rag ‘n’ Bone Man has returned with a fine new album that allows fans to fall in love again.

A track or two too heavy, ‘Life By Misadventure’ is at its best when it is shifting through the gears on a middle run of tracks that climax with the show-stopping ‘All You Ever Wanted’, a barnstormer of a song if ever there was one and a moment that the album desperately needs as much as wants.

The Arts Desk

Life by Misadventure is too sonically conventional to thrill, but replete with such rueful, helpful wisdom.

The Line of Best Fit
It could be chalked up to pressures to follow previous successes, but the second half passes with little to no note, leaving a yearning for perhaps a bit more adventure in the future.
The Observer

At 14 songs ... the album soon starts to sag, with Graham’s approach to emoting – ie sing louder – eventually overwhelming the weaker songs.

There are few things more tiresome than an artist obsessed with the idea of authenticity – they usually forget how to have fun. And this is a trap that Rag’N’Bone Man’s second album ‘Life in Misadventure’ falls straight into.
The Independent
It doesn’t help that the melodies are often simplistic to the point of forgettable and the production seldom leaves a space unfilled.
My mom’s a fan of Rag N’ Bone Man, so when I told her that the ratings were kind of awful for this album, she was defensive and said: "People are too harsh I’m sure the album is super good! That single on the radio is super good!"

So I played the album for her, latest thing she said: "Well... I understand why the ratings are the way they are now".
Basic soccer mom Sunday lunch music. The strained high notes are fucking painful.
While Rag’n’Bone Man has a low voice filled with emotion that would probably sound pretty in blues music in the truest form, part of why I never got into him was that his approach to blue was so washed of any real grit that makes that genre so captivating, presenting a soulful voice on top of soulless instrumentals. When I heard that he wanted this album to have a live feel, however, I was naively optimistic that he might be making the right step in his musical direction. Turns out ... read more
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Fireflies - 3/5
Breath in Me - 3/5
Fall in Love Again - 2/5
Talking to Myself - 3/5
Anywhere Away from Here (Rag'n'Bone Man & P!nk) - 4/5
Alone - 3/5
Crossfire - 3/5
All You Ever Wanted - 3/5
Changing of the Guard - 3/5
Somewhere Along the Way - 3/5
Time Will Only Tell - 2/5
Lightyears - 3/5
Party's Over - 2/5
Old Habits - 3/5
Anywhere Away from Here - 1/5
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Track List

  1. Fireflies
  2. Breath in Me
  3. Fall in Love Again
  4. Talking to Myself
  5. Anywhere Away from Here (Rag'n'Bone Man & P!nk)
  6. Alone
  7. Crossfire
  8. All You Ever Wanted
  9. Changing of the Guard
  10. Somewhere Along the Way
  11. Time Will Only Tell
  12. Lightyears
  13. Party's Over
  14. Old Habits
  15. Anywhere Away from Here
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Added on: January 29, 2021