Tom Odell has just scored the biggest gig of his career so far. Covering a version of John Lennon’s Real Love for John Lewis’ annual blub-fest Christmas advert this year, he may finally make it into the public’s psyche.
Following in the footsteps of a cover of Keane’s Somewhere Only We Know by Lily Allen – an early supporter of Tom’s when he first hit the music scene last year – and Ellie Goulding, Tom Odell’s Christmas cover version is sure to be quick on the radio playlists. It is also likely to be a Christmas number one.
When listening to the spine-tingling version of the song, you can see why. It has just enough goosebump moments, and is the traditional schmaltzy, love-tinged ballad that people love to hear when thinking about their nearest and dearest at Christmas.
And of course, the story of the ad is really quite lovely.
This year it features the the inanimate object made real theme – remember the snowman of two years ago? For 2014′s John Lewis Christmas advert, we are treated the adorable Monty The Penguin. If you haven’t watched it (we won’t spoil the ending), do so now, because you’ll immediately get into the festive spirit.
Part of that reason is because of Tom’s cover of Real Love. After a scathing review by NME which prompted his father to ring up the magazine and number one album Long Way Down in June 2013, we haven’t heard much of him.
However, this year he did pick up an Ivor Novello Award, named Songwriter of the Year. With his new song entering people’s festive psyches, we get the feeling we’ll be seeing a lot more from wee Tom.
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