‘Paradise’ is made for the big leagues.
There’s something undeniably important about the return of George Ezra. It’s not born in some ironed-out statement on the political future of the world, or in some seismic shift in the way we approach 2018. It’s all about a feeling, one of stepping back from the negativity and anxiety-inducing pulse the planet has been beating to and instead revelling in something much more innocent. With ‘Don’t Matter Now’, George’s re-introduction unveiled last year, we saw a distinct vibe coming from Mr Ezra - one of throwing your troubles out of the window and simply whistling away with the warm breeze of life brushing past your face. It’s a sensation that’s firmly felt in ‘Paradise’, amplified with a grin and a smile in head-over-heels romance - and a storming pull into the bright days where bathing in the good and enjoying it can’t be underestimated.
Direct and thriving with its own insatiable aura, ‘Paradise’ is the sort of track that should be soundtracking the closing moments of a rom-com, all doe-eyed and capturing that moment where love strikes in a bottle and downing it over and over. Wrapped in a blanket of bursting acoustic guitars, chant-alongs and fevered energy - it’s impossible not to be caught in its whirlwind, refusing to let up on the joyous kicks and flights it throws out at every moment. If ‘Wanted On Voyage’ was an introspective album that was born out of single nights in his bedroom, then ‘Paradise’ suggests that ‘Staying At Tamara’s’ is squarely looking outwards, wanting to dance underneath the shining good in the world and, if even for just one moment, to forget about the constant pain that comes at you and soak in the rays.
It’s in that feeling, in that moment, you realise just how important it is to have George Ezra back. Packing bigger hooks than ever, ‘Paradise’ is made for the big leagues. Jamie Muir