“It will never change the things that make you beautiful.”

“Things That Make You Beautiful” by John Adams | Is it bad that the first thing that went to my head when I plugged this in was “he sounds like James Blunt!” But then again, when did everybody hate him? But I digress. John Adams is from the middle of southern Wales, and if you watched the X Factor you might remember him for this moment. He didn’t go far – this was the season that Little Mix won – but he did get to music, releasing an EP in 2013. “Things That Make You Beautiful” is his new single, powered by an earnestness that isn’t cloying – and, well, an instrumentation that’s built to tug the heart strings. (And the press release does say James Blunt.) And then there’s the music video, which is just simple yet powerful. This one’s off his upcoming EP, which should be out in a few months’ time. Around June, perhaps. [NB] (Have things I should hear? Drop me a line here.)

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