While much of the world continues to suffer at the hands of terrorism and general negativity, Jelly Ellington is determined to inject some much needed happiness into people’s lives, and he largely succeeds in doing just that via his debut album All In.
Opening with “Set Me Free” and it’s super-catchy, rock melody, from the get-go, it’s clear that All In is to be a positive and inspiring album. The track itself is sure to have heads bopping, toes tapping and people dancing, making it perfect for a Friday or Saturday night out.
Second song “Sunset” is, for this reviewer at least, a stand-out track on the collection. With it’s soft rhythm and almost dream-like electrics, combined with Ellington’s feather light vocal, the song would and likely will soothe even the most stressed out of minds after little more than a minute.
“New Day” adds a jazz element to proceedings but with a superb guitar riff (I for one was air-guitaring along as best I could), Ellington adds a twist that I doubt many listeners would have seen coming. Working in such a twist might be considered a huge risk by some – particularly on a debut album – but if anything, it highlights the depth and breadth of Ellington’s passion for what he does.
Both “Crosstown” and “Hard Times Coming Down” maintain the high standard the album has offered up to this point, although both are slightly overshadowed by “Getaway”, a summer perfect little number sure to be played from cars and stereos across the country, if not the world, soon enough.
It’s a shame therefore that the collection closes out with “Wait For You”. As an acoustic piece, it instantly sticks out like a sore thumb. Although the vocal itself is good, given that the tracks which have come before it have all run effortlessly together thanks to their positivity and energy, there’s a blandness to this one that means it’s highly likely to be turned off by many before the first play is even finished.