Gold Rush Kid Album Review: The Return of the Grill Troubadour George Ezra

Public announcement about ubiquitous Bluetooth speakers: You’ll soon be seriously tired as lonely-troubadour-cum-Airbnb connoisseur George Ezra has released a new album. Anyone who has ever been on holiday / is currently on holiday, which will be described as an “adventure” on Instagram, is going to repeat it and unfortunately feel “seen”. The world’s most luxurious hostel, warn your neighbors that another six months ersatz Paul Simon is coming on the road.

Gold Rush Kid, released today (June 10), is Ezra ‘s third album – a lovely British summer prophet with the eyes of Andrew’ s puppy and great goalkeeper energy – and continues at its usual pace. There’s nothing to worry about with Ezra: it’s music for people who have survived a break year who are longing for their 10.5-weight blankets, or for office workers who are absolutely looking for Pimm’s on a Friday afternoon. It poses only the most teenage risk, referring to exotic places like Manila and Rotterdam – Ezra’s second-largest hit, not to be forgotten, was called “Budapest,” but always spins with amazing piano, amazing guitar, and amazing choirs.

Ezra’s travels add aspirations to what would otherwise be the musical equivalent of a suburban barbecue event for men wearing culturally insensitive shirts; between a hilarious ringtone and an acoustic band Gold Rush Kid we take a look at “remember the nights”, “beautiful faces” and “champagne”. Ezra’s second-year album, Overnight at TamarAirbnb – hence the name – was actually written and Sony sent it on a rail journey around Europe to get inspiration for the first record, Wanted on the go: If those wanderings still give him stuff, it’s clear he’s spent a pretty good time.

The album is released with the textbook Ezra: “Anyone For You,” a song about a 21-year-old girl named Tigerlily that he’s trying to save from herself, undoubtedly has a deliberate hint of Serengeti playing the piano, a chorus of applause in 45 seconds, and Walking On Sunshine inspired brass reef. It is followed by Green Green Grass, which cannot be ignored with a bit of manic optimism.

The mood changes after a few more vaguely Calypso-inspired boping tracks – including Dance All Over Me, whose dancing and allowing it to be “what’s going on in Vilnius stays in Vilnius” – change. There are still sung songs (“Hey hey, it’s a new day”), romance and charming innocence (“Goodness gracious,” says Ezra in “Sweetest Human Being Alive”), but there are melancholy. The back of the album is about flying home, reflecting on life – but unnecessarily, it never pushes it. “I’m so happy I can die now,” Ezra sings on the last track, Sun Went Down, without sparing the sunny reefs and mixing traps. It’s sad, but still cute, like a bit of an existential episode of Teletab.


Let’s be honest. Sure, Ezra is a white former state student from Hertfordshire who writes a lot of similar-sounding songs that dampen the mood of the middle class, but where would we be without him? When you hear the sound of brass in Anyone For You, when you anxiously share your thoughts about jets, bikini pants, and top pants, you’re trembling with restrained joy, just like me.

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