Review: Jake Bugg – Live At The Royal Albert Hall DVD (Universal Music Canada)

Jake BuggOne of the best songwriters to emerge from the United Kingdom in the last five years, Jake Bugg’s first live DVD was taped before a packed house at the legendary Royal Albert Hall in London. He kicks the show off with a solo performance of the acoustic song “Pine Trees” before being joined by his band where they proceed to deliver energetic performances of “Trouble Town,” “Lightning Bolt,” “Messed Up Kids,” and “Seen It All.” Bugg welcomes soul singer Michael Kiwanuka to the stage for a performance of the latter’s song “Tell Me A Tale” while The Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr joins Bugg and his band for “Kingpin” and “Slumville Sunrise.” What Bugg might lack in stage presence is more than made up for with a flawless performance.