#SongoftheWeek: Ed Drewett – ‘The Unfortunate Gent’

  • ARTIST: Ed Drewett
  • SONG: The Unfortunate Gent

SO ALEX, WHY IS THIS YOUR SONG OF THE WEEK?

Just as you could look on the credits of any pop song in the 00s and take comfort knowing it was a good one if it bore the names Max Martin, Cathy Dennis or Brian Higgins/Xenomania, so too, do you know you’ve got a good ‘un if a pop song these days bears the writing credits of Ed Drewett.

Whether it’s ‘Glad You Came’ for The Wanted, ‘Dear Darlin’ for Olly Murs, ‘Black Magic’ for Little Mix or ‘Mama’ and ‘Rise’ for Jonas Blue, his ability to craft a fantastic, unusual pop song in the last decade is both well known and quite undiminished. What’s less known, however, is that he writes for himself too.

It’s perhaps less known for a number of reasons (we own two promotional samplers of his for albums that were due for release in 2010 and 2013 that never saw the light of day, then there was of course the brief stint on Britain’s Got Talent back in 2014) but even for himself, he knows how to deliver the goods. Complacent isn’t in his vocabulary.

‘The Unfortunate Gent’ is completely undone as a record, but therein lies its utter brilliance. All honky stomping piano, dramatic intense high pitched bits and the notional spirit of Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ as if dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century. How Ed’s not had success for his own work yet is anybody’s guess. Hopefully this will be the record to do it.

‘The Unfortunate Gent’ is available to stream and download now, and Ed’s album ‘Ten’, bringing together some new recordings and his own versions of his biggest hits for other artists, is out on 8th February 2019, both via Globe/Pickle Music. Twitter: @EdDrewett

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