Nothing like a heartbreak to sell a million records or in case of Mark Ronson multi-million downloads.
When released last month, Late Night Feelings hit the UK iTunes Charts at number two, a testament to clubbing the heartache away. No time for tears, just a fierce mix of explosive electronics and a host of even fiercer chart topping female artists.
The recent breakdown of his five year marriage to French model and singer Josephine De La Baume seems to be the driving force behind this album, it’s sad, but like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, Ronson stacks a real banger here.
‘F**ing around and falling in love’ sounds straightforward enough but with those yearning strings deep beneath the surface and Angel Olsen bringing a happy-sad touch of class to what essentially is one of the more chilled but edgier tracks.
A little unconventional maybe, but dance music with a hit of country music slap bang in the middle of the album as Miley Cyrus’s mid-western twang, drawls out a bar room brawl of a track in Nothing Breaks Like A Heart.
Yebba (American singer songwriter Abby Smith) takes centre stage not once but three times on the album with her most stunning performance being Don’t Leave Me Lonely giving us exactly what’s needed when your dancing that ex right out of your heart.
Slipping under the radar maybe with so many leading ladies, Camilla Cabello could be a strong contender in one of the best tracks on the album, Find U Again is a real hidden gem, a completely relatable track of losing the best while trying to find solace in all the rest.
The cover art of the album depicts a broken heart mirror ball can only serve as a self explanatory reminder for a lovelorn DJ.
How this ranks alongside the 2007 more soulful album Version or the funky Uptown Special of 2015 only time will tell. Perhaps it’s securely in the middle as a side of Ronson that we’ve not before.
Overall a great sounding album that’s sure to feature in many a weekend soundtrack for many months to come.