14 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

While writing his second album, Hitchin singer/songwriter James Bay adopted a David Bowie quote as his mission statement: “I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” Secretly hunkered down in a basement studio when he was supposed to be on a six-month break, Bay felt free to experiment. He re-emerged with a questing set of songs that crosses into simmering funk-rock, taut alt-pop and folky electro-R&B from Bon Iver’s neck of the woods. The risk in diverting from the Americana-tinged pop-rock of his GRAMMY®-nominated debut, Chaos and the Calm, is mitigated by unshakeable melodies and Bay’s versatile voice, which continues to crackle with the joy and pain of love. Mission accomplished.

EDITORS’ NOTES

While writing his second album, Hitchin singer/songwriter James Bay adopted a David Bowie quote as his mission statement: “I don’t know where I’m going from here, but I promise it won’t be boring.” Secretly hunkered down in a basement studio when he was supposed to be on a six-month break, Bay felt free to experiment. He re-emerged with a questing set of songs that crosses into simmering funk-rock, taut alt-pop and folky electro-R&B from Bon Iver’s neck of the woods. The risk in diverting from the Americana-tinged pop-rock of his GRAMMY®-nominated debut, Chaos and the Calm, is mitigated by unshakeable melodies and Bay’s versatile voice, which continues to crackle with the joy and pain of love. Mission accomplished.

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