Electric Light (LP)


James Bay

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Amoeba Review

05/17/2018

In the three years since James Bay's debut, Chaos and the Calm, his sophomore album finds him morphing into a whole other person. The good looking, sharply dressed singer-songwriter of the previous album has transformed into a sophisticated artist with equal touches of indie rock, '90s English rock, and neo-soul. Electric Light is the perfect second album that shows off delicately constructed songs that are light and catchy, but have thick textures and harmonics mixed with poetic, playful lyrics that elevate each track into Lorde-like jams. Yes, he's dropped the wide-brimmed hat and long hair for a sleeker look, but his songwriter is still what we came here for. "Pink Lemonade" is set to be a summer jam that plows forward with twangy guitars, distorted drums, and a melody that's destined to get stuck in your head. The lyrics are an ode to confused feelings of sexual frustration and longing with intensely vivid images of bodies and pathetic self-loathing that anyone who's gone through a rough relationship can relate to. But even when the song goes into quieter moments, the pace keeps picking up furiously and propels with this endless bass riff. Try to pull the chorus out of your ear after listening! But a ballad like "Us" demonstrates his emotional range as a songwriter with extraordinary sensitivity. Here he is a mellow soul singer, whispering "I believe in love." It all feels so insanely intimate that it's liable to cause a stir in your heart and even get you teary-eyed. When the song swells with lush strings, it overwhelms you with its profound sincerity. "Wild Love" is a perfect example of what he's been exploring the last three years. Less indie than any of his other songs, you hear the direct influence that an artist like Frank Ocean has left on pop music. The production is a powerhouse of weird and wild sounds that builds and builds until it ends with lonely sounding vocals. After hearing Electric Light, you'll hope you won't have to wait another three years for the next big leap by James Bay.



Track Listing



Side A Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Intro
James Bay 00:58
2.
Wasted On Each Other
James Bay 03:58
3.
Pink Lemonade
James Bay 04:14
4.
Wild Love
James Bay 03:17
5.
Us
James Bay 03:01
6.
In My Head
James Bay 03:07
7.
Interlude
James Bay 01:01


Side B Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Just For Tonight
James Bay 03:37
2.
Wanderlust
James Bay 04:16
3.
I Found You
James Bay 05:06
4.
Sugar Drunk High
James Bay 04:33
5.
Stand Up
James Bay 04:59
6.
Fade Out
James Bay 03:52
7.
Slide
James Bay 03:21

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