Dad wades in over songwriter son’s bad review

SLATED Tom Odell
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THE father of Chichester singer-songwriter Tom Odell has reportedly embarrassed his son by complaining about a particularly bad review of his new album.

Odell, whose debut album Long Way Down is out on Monday, was apparently furious with his father for ringing the newsdesk of influential music magazine NME to take them up on the zero-rating it gave his son’s album.

The review described the 22-year-old singer as a ‘poor, misguided wannabe.’

It was at odds with the huge thumbs-up the industry gave the artist in December when he became the first man to clinch the Critics’ Choice award at The Brits, following in the footsteps of Adele and Florence and the Machine.

Lucy Jones, the deputy editor of the NME website, posted a message on Twitter suggesting that her staff had fielded an angry phone call from Mr Odell senior after it awarded the exceptionally low mark.

The young singer has previously spoken about how his musical tastes were heavily influenced by his pilot father’s Elton John records.