We have seen this before, a wealth of talent from the British Isles flooding the airwaves and record charts with some of the most exciting music out there. This most recent British Invasion may not be the Beatles, The Who, Oasis, Blur, or Stone Roses, but it does tap a new and exciting source of pop music of artists who appear to have the capability to stick around for quite some time. Here are some of the faces of this Neo-British Invasion.
Adele – With no introduction needed, Adele remains the biggest star in contemporary music thanks to the massive success of her second album, 21. Well over a year after 21 first hit stores, the commercial performance of her breakthrough album has been astounding. 21 remains one of the top selling albums in the world and currently resides in the ninth spot of the U.S. Billboard 200. Some of the albums that 21 has surpassed with various longevity accomplishments include such luminaries as Purple Rain, Born in the U.S.A., and Tragic Kingdom.
Florence + the Machine – There has never been a group quite like Florence + the Machine. One would be hard pressed to find the strongest power vocals around combined with thunderous layers of percussion, a harp, and lyrics that draw inspiration from Virginia Wolfe. If Florence Welch and Co. can continue to capitalize on the wealth of material, this band has the chance to create the most unique catalog of pop music yet.
Michael Kiwanuka – The son of Ugandan immigrants, Kiwanuka captured the BBC’s “Sound of 2012” award even before his debut album Home Again was released in the U.K and promised to grow even more as one of the most intriguing young songwriters around.
Rumer – British recording artist Sarah Joyce, best known by her stage name Rumer, finally delivered her debut record Seasons of My Soul in 2010 after of being unable to get a record deal despite possessing a sensational voice that has the clarity of Sarah McLachlan and Karen Carpenter.
Mumford & Sons – The Sigh No More band continues a wave of acoustic-oriented music that has found a younger audience alongside acts like Dawes and Good Old War.
The Heavy – The rock and soul band from Bath, England, The Heavy broke out in a big way in 2009 with their album The House That Dirt Built. Along with songs from the record appearing in the film The Fighter and a Super Bowl commercial, The Heavy own the distinction of being the only band who late night host David Letterman has ever asked for an encore following a thrilling performance of “How You Like Me Now.”
The Joy Formidable – Led by energetic front woman Ritzy Bryan, The Welsh trio brought the volume in their 2011 debut The Big Roar and are currently preparing to release their second album in the near future.
The Vaccines – The Vaccines received a tremendous amount of hype before their 2011 debut album, What Did Expect From The Vaccines? that may have been unfair. No band deserves to have advance press declaring them to be the next saviors of rock ‘n roll, although The Vaccines certainly have the ability to create some fantastic pop.