Electric Light

Electric Light

by James Bay


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Don't ignore the promise of kinetic crackle that lies within the title of Electric Light, James Bay's 2018 sequel to his 2015 debut, Chaos and the Calm. Bay didn't bother with such tacky modern accouterments as electronic rhythms and pitch-shifted vocals on Chaos and the Calm, preferring a burnished, handsome classicism. All of that is thrown out the window on Electric Light, a loose concept album tracing the rise and fall of a romance, all set to modern soul grooves and bright neon hooks. The sonic shift is startling, but Bay grounds his second album with the same sturdy songcraft of Chaos and the Calm, so Electric Light is hardly all flash and style: beneath its glitter and blare, the songs are tight, melodic, and memorable, worming their way into the subconscious with ease. Still, the initial appeal of Electric Light -- and one that doesn't wane with repeated plays -- is how the album is vibrant, colorful, and alive in a way that Bay's debut simply wasn't. It sparkles with digital textures that give plenty of space for Bay to sing with a soulful abandon, a quality that wasn't necessarily evident on Chaos and the Calm either. Admirers of the deliberateness of the debut may find Electric Light a bit too slick and modern, yet that's precisely the album's appeal: Bay never seems like he's pandering; he sounds thrilled that he has a chance to make the kind of layered, genre-bending pop that he wants to make, and listeners may well find that freedom alluring.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/18/2018
Label: Republic
UPC: 0602567413615
catalogNumber: 002808202
Rank: 28644

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Bay   Primary Artist,Acoustic Guitar,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Electric Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Guitar (Baritone)
David Ryan Harris   Spoken Word
Paul Epworth   Synthesizer,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Keyboards,Vocals,Finger Snapping
Harry Edwards   Bass,Synthesizer Bass
Capital Children's Choir   Choir, Chorus
Jon Green   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Percussion,Piano,Drums,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping,Vocoder,Fender Jazz Bass
Davide Rossi   Strings
Thomas White   Brass
Gavin Fitzjohn   Brass
James Copus   Brass
Gerry Morgan   Drums
Ashley Noel Jones   Spoken Word
Nick Selting   Spoken Word

Technical Credits

Allen Ginsberg   Composer
Paul Epworth   Composer,Programming,Producer,Drum Producer,Additional Production
Joe Spix   Art Direction
Harry Edwards   Programming,drum programming
Jon Green   Composer,Engineer,drum programming
Davide Rossi   String Arrangements
Matt Wiggins   Engineer
James Napier   Composer
Joe Green   Producer
James Bay   Composer,Producer,Art Direction
Eddie Serafica   Programming,Engineer,drum programming

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