There are times when we often look back at our lives and reminisce. We ask ourselves if there’s anything we would’ve done differently and sometimes marvel at how much we grow through experiences. After numerous EPs and tours, Jacob “Raleigh Ritchie” Anderson has released his debut album You’re A Man Now, Boy and it comes at a time when he’s looking inward and reflecting on the journey he has made thus far. The title sets the tone and throughout the duration of the album, we’re privy to growth the artist has made over the years.
The world of Jacob Anderson is a peculiar one. After landing a role in cult hood film Adulthood, Anderson went on to star in HBO’s Game of Thrones as Grey Worm. However the aspect of his life which of great interest is HIS alter ego, Raleigh Ritchie. His early projects The Middle Child and Black and Bluenever quite gave us a full glimpse of who Jacob is. The album is a reflection of the type of person Jacob Anderson is. He possesses a boyish charm and curiosity that we often lose when life finds a way to get in a way of our adventurous nature. On the title track, it appears as if Anderson is battling what the world expects of an adult but in reality, he wants to cling onto the very thing that makes him so unique – his playfulness.
Everything about the album feels like a cinematic debut rather than just a music album. Each song is a scene that has its purpose that fits into the wider story. For two years, Raleigh Ritchie has teased fans with trailers in songs such as “Bloodsport”, “A Moor” and “The Greatest” and this strategy can sometimes miss the mark. However in the wider story of Jacob Anderson, they are windows into his world before we are invited in and allowed to experience it with him. It can be difficult for an artist to invite others into their world, especially those who are reflective and pensive. The final track “Young & Stupid” is a reminder to us that despite being a man, there are days when Raleigh Ritchie wishes he could be a child again. Don’t we all?
In the past, Anderson has spoken about how the album is somewhat of a diary and reflective account of his life. Creating art for one’s self can often be cathartic and therapeutic and it’s clear that the singer has poured much of himself into a body of work that has also given him great relief. For Raleigh Ritchie, You’re A Man Now, Boy, is a chronicle of his life thus far that is filled with emotional depth, growth and exuberant energy. If there were ever a soundtrack to one’s life, it would be You’re A Man Now, Boy.
You're A Man Now, Boy is out on now on i-Tunes.
Words by Jesse Bernard @MarvinsCorridor