Jack Soveretti

"Written In Scars"

(Bmg/chrysalis); Pop

By ​Phil ​Bennett

Raised in London, living in Switzerland and descended from Italian World War II freedom fighters, Jack Soveretti’s background is a bit of a mixed bag.

His sound, however, draws from the best contemporary singer/songwriters, such as Jake Bugg and George Ezra and sits quite comfortably within that niche.

Incisive but romantic, he cuts to the bone with these performances and his cheese-grated vocal chords push out a sound that touches with impassioned urgency.

In quieter moments such as his exquisitely minimalist cover of Dylan’s Nobody ‘Cept You he’s a man in a dark room singing to nobody but you, whereas a track like The Hunger exhibits a man shouting at the sky, both sides just as revealing and just as poignant.

Scattered with unpredictable elements, such as the tinkly piano motif that pokes around Tie Me Down, the arrangements throughout are superbly built, with just enough interesting stuff going on to keep your ears pricking without distracting from the instantly hummable melodies of the tunes themselves.

As is quite often the case these days, he co writes with a number of power names like Sia on Back To Me and what this does is to simply add some polish to an uncut gem or two.

Soveretti is an artist of considerable talent who hasn’t quite hit the mark in the popularity stakes yet but this, his fourth outing, is an absolute cracker which hopefully will change that.

A rewarding listen well worth checking out.


​Phil ​Bennett

Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.