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Days & Nights

Daley

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Album Review

A striking Hi Records-style ballad, a lead vocal on Gorillaz' Top 40 U.K. single "Doncamatic," a long-list nomination for BBC's Sound of 2011 poll, and a variety of prelude releases led to Daley's proper debut album. A few years in the making, Days & Nights smartly includes "Alone Together," a Grammy-worthy 2012 duet with Marsha Ambrosius that didn't light up mainstream urban stations but reached number five on Billboard's Adult R&B Songs chart. That Canei Finch-produced song, as well as the preceding material, implied that this soul-inspired red-headed native of Manchester, England — who has no other apparent likeness to Simply Red's Mick Hucknall — could go down any number of stylistic paths. Days & Nights does just that. It courses through many moods and modes, yet it's impressively unified. On opener "Time Travel," a typically sleek and shadowy production from Illangelo, Daley instantly lures with his delicate touch and casual delivery that nonetheless makes a direct and deep emotional connection. He then slips into "Look Up," where Pharrell Williams whips up some elegant neo-Philly soul that allows him to display a falsetto that isn't just impressive but also affecting. Daley remains in service to the song, neither winks nor pulls it out as an act of trickery. With its beaming melodies and impeccably layered, all-Daley background vocals, "Pass It On," another Finch production, could fool listeners as an update of a joyous 1985 R&B single. A trio of songs made with reluctant Brit-pop guitar god turned accomplished producer Bernard Butler (Duffy, Findlay Brown, James Morrison) adds more dimensions. The cathartic "Broken" unfolds into a hurtling, grand sound that Daley masterfully navigates, while "She Fades" is a pulsing, strings-cloaked ballad that aches. The last of the three, the title track, ends the album in graceful, heartbroken, dreamily optimistic fashion with subtle nods to early hip-hop and electro. Brilliantly put together, this must be one of 2014's best debuts.

Customer Reviews

Black Culture Pillaged?

Psymaj--- I heard those same intolerant comments back in the day when Living Colour, an all black rock band, broke out and made it big. Re-think it......it's all "blurred lines" these days....thank goodness. Wasn't even thinking what color this guy was when I was listening to his music......nor any other artist when I hear their music. Pretty irrelevant.

Finally Out!

I, like many others have waited for Daley to release his first studio album. One of my favorites off this is "pass it on"

Great Voice. Love the Voice!

Don’t get me wrong i Love this guys voice. Great range and all. I’ve been a fan since Alone Together and not because of Marsha either even though i love her too. But the writing and vocals were so great on that song everything just jelled together perfect. But I was a little disappointed with the music production side of the album. I elected better tracks to match alone together or out do it! I feel that Alone together is the best track on the album give or take 1 or 2. But all in all kinda disappointed but I’m still buying just to hear this guys voice. And would definitely go see him live just to hear him sing. I’m giving the album 2 stars only for the production side and expectation but as far as is vocal style def deserves 5 stars

Biography

Born: September 29, 1989 in Manchester, England

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Compared to Simply Red's Mick Hucknall due to his Manchester, England origin, red hair, and R&B roots — the parallels end there, really — Gareth Daley kicked his career into gear once he submitted a low-key but affecting ballad, "Rainy Day," to the BBC. BBC 1Xtra placed the song, bearing a backing that resembled early-'70s Hi releases and showcased Daley's pained voice, in rotation. The following year, Daley co-wrote and appeared on the Gorillaz single "Doncamatic" and was nominated...
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