Weekly Listen: James Bay brings the Chaos and the Calm to our ears

This week, I’m spicing things up and doing a weekly listen instead of the usual Weekly Watch. (This will be a rather short post as I’m currently in the stressful deadline period for my last year at uni!)

James Bay’s debut album, ‘Chaos and the Calm’, hit the shelves today and I’ve been listening to it as I’ve been working throughout the day so I thought I’d share my opinion.

This may be one of the most anticipated albums of the year after James Bay won the Critics Choice Award at this year’s BRIT awards and sold out his entire UK tour. It’s pretty impressive to sell out a tour before the release of the first album.

The single, ‘Hold Back The River’, received a remarkable reception and set James off to a great start in gaining support from the public and critics.

On to the album, it certainly has both the chaos and the calm as named. I was partially expecting this album to be slow ballads but there is a real change of tempo throughout the album.

James Bay has a beautiful voice which I have fell in love with. It’s soulful, powerful, soft, familiar and different all at the same time.

I think there is many relatable songs on this album, it is clear the lyrics are from the heart.

One of my favourite more upbeat songs is ‘Best Fake Smile’, which is not a style I was expecting from James Bay. Also, it has a brilliant name!

My favourite slower track is ‘Need the Sun to Break’. It really exposes his voice and shows how wonderful his voice is.

The only criticism I have of the album is James’ voice is pretty similar throughout, which is great if you fall in love with his voice like me, but if it isn’t your cup of tea then you’ll be disappointed with the entire album.

This album is definitely worth listen. I won’t say too much and let you judge for yourself! (Also, because I need to go back to writing essays!)

If you’ve not heard of James Bay yet… Have you been living underneath a rock? Don’t worry if you haven’t heard of him, go listen to the album now and you’re all caught up! Hope you enjoy the new music as much as I am.

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You Me At Six land their First Number 1 UK Album

British Rock Band, You Me At Six, storm to the top of the UK Album Chart with their fourth album ‘Cavalier Youth’. A week after it’s release, I’m reviewing the album to see if it deserves it’s top spot.

You Me At Six‘s music has progressed to another level and has grown leaps and bounds since their first album, ‘Take Off Your Colours’. Lead singer, Josh Franceschi’s voice has never been stronger and fits the sound of the album perfectly.

The rock band has produced a variety of different songs throughout the album. There are tracks which will have you jumping around your bedroom (Carpe Diem), numbers to relax you (Cold Night) and songs which will make you think (Be Who You Are).

The band released ‘Lived a Lie’ and ‘Fresh Start Fever’ ahead of the release which received great reception. The rest of the album’s track-list does not disappoint and lives up to the high standards.

Lyrically, the band have once again used incredible references within their songs. The track ‘Win Some, Lose Some’ refers to the popular ‘Hunger Games’ trilogy; “I’m in a different district, Hunger games.” ‘Hope For The Best’ sees the band possibly referencing lyrics from a previous song of theirs, ‘If I Were in Your Shoes’.

‘Cavalier Youth’ is a remarkable listen and the new album is bound to gain them even more fans as their music flourishes.

You Me At Six set off on tour at the end of the March and visit five countries around the UK.

‘Cavalier Youth’ is out now in stores and available to download on iTunes.