The electric debut of newbie singer/songwriter James Bay comes at us at long last. His album is currently rocking at no.1 in the UK album charts at this current moment, and with mainstream pop seemingly making superstars out of every other lacklustre acoustic artist such as George Ezra (no, his voice isn’t that good), Bay brings a blues-infused rock ‘n’ roll vibe which revives the old into the contemporary.
Of course, there is some of the pop-orientated singles in which appeals to a mass audience such as ‘Hold Back The River’ and ‘If You Ever Want To Be In Love’, but scratch a bit further than the surface singles you’ll find a delightful pallet of the modern “soul” (introduced by Sam Smith apparently), alongside some quirky old school blues rock.
It’s in the main body that this album really shines; tracks such as ‘Collide’ and ‘Get Out While You Can’ show a versatile and tasteful wonder of elements, including influences from the likes of Kings Of Leon and Foo Fighters. Though, Bay might be taking it a bit easier in his tracks, there is definitely some direct influence protruding through.
One of the most peculiar sounds about The Chaos And The Calm, is Bays’ voice that can transfer from the high-pitched sounds of Indie to the much more throaty sounds of gospel with pure ease. It’s this versatile voice that gels this album together as a powerhouse of contemporary blues-pop.
Released by major label Republic (Virgin) and produced by Jaquire King (Kings Of Leon, Of Monsters and Men), the album sees Bay collaborate with other major writers including the likes of Iain Archer (Snow Patrol). The album comes together in a fantastic way, with finely crafted vocals and catchy tracks that ooze authenticity.