Lighting Matches

Tom Grennan - Lighting Matches
Critic Score
Based on 3 reviews
User Score
Based on 29 ratings
2018 Ratings: #374
July 6, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Insanity, Sony UK / Label
Pop Rock / Genres
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The Independent

His vocals may not be to everyone’s taste, but they stand out, as does the album, and that sums up Grennan pretty perfectly. They don’t make them like him anymore.


‘Lighting Matches’ is a record that makes Bedford sound like Hollywood. Whether he gets there on this record, time will tell. But there’s enough class and promise to at least meet his ambitions halfway. He knows what he’s doing.


‘Lighting Matches’ isn’t a bad album, but sadly it doesn't excel either. This isn’t what we’ve been looking for. It is a polished and pristine affair, but it all feels a little too rehearsed and sanitised in its delivery.

It's definitely nothing massively groundbreaking, but a certain wholesomeness throughout the entire record paired with a very distinctive vocal tone make it a unique and enjoyable experience all the way through.
His vocals sounds familiar yet evocative.

Found What I've Been Looking For (7.8)
Royal Highness (7.0)
Barbed Wire (8.5)
Run in the Rain (6.8)
Aboard (7.3)
Lighting Matches (7.7)
Lucky Ones (7.3)
Sober (7.7)
I Might (7.5)
Make 'em Like You (7.5)
Something in the Water (7.2)
Little by Little Love (7.3)
Praying (8.3)
Secret lover (7.7)
Sweet Hallelujah (7.0)
All goes Wrong (7.4)
Really love his voice. It's familiar and yet different at the same time. Plus he sounds very good live.
1. Found What I've Been Looking For - 9.5
2. Royal Highness - 8.0
3. Barbed Wire - 8.5
4. Run In The Rain - 5.0
5. Aboard - 8.5
6. Lighting Matches - 5.0
7. Lucky Ones - 8.5
8. Sober - 9.5
9. I Might - 7.0
10. Make 'em Like You - 8.0
11. Something In The Water - 9.0
12. Little By Little Love - 7.0

93.5/120 - 77.9/100
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Track List

  1. Found What I've Been Looking For
  2. Royal Highness
  3. Barbed Wire
  4. Run in the Rain
  5. Aboard
  6. Lighting Matches
  7. Lucky Ones
  8. Sober
  9. I Might
  10. Make 'em Like You
  11. Something in the Water
  12. Little by Little Love
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Added on: October 17, 2017