Reviewing Lewis Capaldi’s “Damaged by Want to Be Heavenly Despatched”

“It’s fucking shit, actually, don’t even trouble with it,” Lewis Capaldi warned NME considerably sarcastically about ‘Damaged by Want to Be Heavenly Despatched’ again in February. He added that he was “sick to dying of listening to” his second album, however then that is the Glaswegian singer-songwriter and Gen Z hero’s calling card: self-deprecative to the intense, all whereas masking a larger reality.

He follows fellow British pop star Ellie Goulding – who known as her most up-to-date album “her least private but” – in downplaying his newest materials whereas gifting headline-worthy quotes. Chatting with The Instances earlier this yr, Capaldi admitted that making music, particularly this report and the eye it’ll naturally garner, is deeply impactful on his psychological well being: “I hate hyperbole, however it’s a very actual risk that I must pack music in.” How I’m Feeling Now, the not too long ago launched Netflix documentary concerning the making of ‘Damaged by Want…’, goes even additional in its examination of how the stress, and his not too long ago recognized tourette’s syndrome, is difficult Capaldi’s capacity to make and luxuriate in one thing he clearly holds pricey.

It made sense, then, to only run it again following the gargantuan success of 2019’s ‘Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent’. When ‘Damaged by Want…’ was introduced, Capaldi burdened that “I [didn’t] wish to create a brand new sound, or reinvent myself” and that he used the identical group to take action. And, for those who have been Capaldi or his label, why would you rock the boat? A number of singles from this report – ‘Overlook Me’, ‘Pointless’ and ‘Want You The Finest’ – have romped to Quantity One on the UK Singles Chart already, a feat that’s turning into more and more uncommon even for pop stars of comparable stature.

Which is all to say you recognize precisely how this report will sound already: quiet, slow-building verses are punctuated by choruses that boast belting, toilet-adjacent vocal strains. ‘Pointless’ is so resolutely blatant in its ploy to be mundane and relatable – “I deliver her espresso within the morning / She brings me inside peace” – that it asks no questions of Capaldi or his viewers, showing as a automobile solely for the caption-ready refrain. “Every part is pointless with out you,” he wails.

It clouds a report that sometimes exhibits regular development, however this potential stays largely untapped. ‘Overlook Me’s delicate – and we do imply delicate – groove is extra energetic than his debut album’s limp and uniformed piano ballads, whereas on ‘Heavenly Type of State Of Thoughts’ there’s a contact of the Americana-tinged soundscape that’s labored for Sam Fender. ‘Depart Me Slowly’ is so indebted to ‘80s power-ballads – together with a hair-raising, grin-inducing guitar solo – that there’s a way of confidence and pleasure in flipping the script considerably.

Buried on the finish of the report is its most interesting second, one which does away with the gooey, romance platitudes and as an alternative indulges in one thing inwards-looking and potent. On ‘How I’m Feeling Now’, he sarcastically toasts his so-called “lovely life”, one which “appears to go away me so unhappy” and has left him wanting: “Thought I’d be happier someway”. Moments like this – candid, coarse – are the place Capaldi exhibits development and the place he ought to go subsequent. You simply want he’d realized this sooner.


  • Launch date: Could 19, 2023
  • Report label: EMI Data