Sam Beeton is something of a find.
Daryl Easlea 2008-08-29
Sam Beeton is the new thing, or so it says in so many words as I gaze across another frothy press release. But soft, this 19-year old singer songwriter has got it going on – brought up in a musical household, he has lived and breathed music since birth and been playing since he was seven. Still singing in his local pub, Beeton comes with the full weight of major record company support; his Bebo, Facebook, MySpace ad pop-ups all pinging around, but despite all this frippery, the glory of the well-written tune stands proud on his debut album.
Single and album opener, What You Look For, has been co-written with Eg White, fondly remembered as part of Eg and Alice, but also recently the hand on the tiller of Duffy's Warwick Avenue and Adele's Chasing Pavements. The polish job shows. But it is not all about collaboration, as the remainder of the album is well written (by Beeton solely) and delivered pop, sweetly orchestrated.
Mocha Mocha is a great pop single, nothing more, nothing less. Sounding like a lost gem from high-period Squeeze, it thematically develops the coffee-flavoured kisses of Last Train to Clarkesville. Finally Gone is Monkees, Beatles and Byrds in one rather large jangle and Best Friend, with its torch and twang overtones shows great promise, with a neat line in a chorus, ''You have always been my best friend, shallow and deep until the end''.
So, Sam Beeton is something of a find. Youth is where we are at again – with Noah and The Whale and the soon-to-come Joe Devine, it is still something else to be young with a good tune, and No Definite Answer is crammed full of them.