If the return of Rag’n’Bone Man feels slightly overdue, let’s remember what he’s coming back from. His debut album, 2017’s Human, enjoyed multi-platinum success and is the fastest-selling debut album by a male artist in over a decade, while its title track was in the Top 10 biggest singles that year. It’s the kind of rare, lightning-in-a-bottle success that most new artists would dream of - and a hard act to follow by anyone’s standards.
That said, the first thing that hits on his new single All You Ever Wanted – out this Friday (January 29) and the lead track from his forthcoming album Life By Misadventure – is how at ease and reenergized he sounds. In fact, All You Ever Wanted is very much of the moment, touching on the frustrations we’re all currently feeling.
“I’d felt sad looking around Brighton and London where I grew up…remembering all those cool places that aren’t there anymore,” he says of the song, which is released this Friday (January 29).
"A day away from a stroke of bad luck, money slipping right through the cracks, it's a shame how we don't know what we really have," he sings over pacey, snappy guitar rhythms - before launching into a breezy, singalong power rock chorus with his trademark growl.
Update: Watch the video for All You Ever Wanted below:
Recorded in Tennessee and co-written/produced with his longtime collaborator Ben Jackson-Cook and Mike Elizondo (Eminem, Ed Sheeran, Sheryl Crow), All You Ever Wanted has the feeling and urgency of a live recording; an intentional move on his part that carries through on the new album.
But perhaps the best thing about All You Ever Wanted is its nostalgic quality both in its sound and message - of days gone by and reminiscing of lost youth - that makes it feel instantly timeless.