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What a Time To Be Alive by Tom Walker

What a Time To Be Alive

by Tom Walker

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Barcode: 0190758017815
Format: Vinyl
Media: Mint (M)
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Tom Walker’s debut studio album, “What a Time to Be Alive,” was released on 1 March 2019, via Relentless Records. Preceded by the successful single “Leave a Light On,” which secured a spot in the top 10 of the UK Singles Chart, the album also features other tracks like “My Way,” “Angels,” “Walk Alone” (originally from Rudimental’s 2019 album), and the original acoustic version of “Just You and I,” later re-released in a different version.

The album made an impactful debut by reaching the number one position on the UK Albums Chart, with first-week sales totalling 37,000. Originally announced to be released on 10 October 2018, Walker, in an interview with Idolator, explained the delay, expressing a feeling of having sat on the album for a while. He discussed the title, “What a Time to Be Alive,” interpreting it as both “depressing” and “hopeful.” Walker found it thought-provoking, stating it reflects on humanity’s progress, the recurrence of mistakes, and the failure to learn from them.

In terms of critical reception, Alexis Petridis of The Guardian gave the album a two-star rating, describing Walker as “algorithmically designed for our times,” drawing parallels with Ed Sheeran in terms of musical style. Malvika Padin, reviewing for Clash, praised it as an “assured, controlled debut album,” portraying Walker as cheerful, genuine, heartfelt, and talented. Will Hodgkinson of The Times, however, provided a two-star review, likening Walker to Sheeran and Rag’n’Bone Man and expressing that, while “perfectly pleasant,” the album tends to be “almost wilfully dull,” driven by a team of songwriters aiming for mass appeal.

Tracklist
A1 Angels
A2 Leave A Light On
A3 Not Giving In
A4 How Can You Sleep At Night?
A5 Now You're Gone - feat Zara Larsson
A6 My Way
B1 Blessings
B2 Cry Out
B3 Dominoes
B4 Fade Away
B5 Just You And I
B6 The Show
Catalogue No.: 19075801781
Barcode: 0190758017815
Genre: Pop
Label: Sony Music
Released: 2019
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, undefined
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