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Electric Light

James Bay

Electric Light

Second album from the English singer-songwriter, produced by Bay alongside Jon Green and Paul Epworth

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  1. 8.0 |   Q

    Displays an admirable desire for transformation. Print edition only

  2. 8.0 |   All Music

    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
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  3. 8.0 |   music OMH

    A solid album that presents as an immediate difference to what went before, even if it does not roam too far from the grounds of its creator’s past
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  4. 7.7 |   Earbuddy

    It'd be easy to dislike James Bay's new album, but the songs are so good
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  5. 7.0 |   Clash

    AlI over the place stylistically, Bay has weaved together a variety of extravagant differences. But is it too much chaos and not enough calm?
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  6. 7.0 |   A.V. Club

    This album deserves an open mind
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  7. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Bay fares better with the looped, crunchy soul and more nuanced lyrics of Fade Out and Slide. Print edition only

  8. 6.0 |   NME

    It’s all accomplished and well-produced – as an introduction to these sounds, it’s absolutely on the money – but perhaps too scattershot to really gel
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  9. 6.0 |   The Irish Times

    This is an undeniably solid progression. Look, we’re as surprised as you are
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  10. 6.0 |   The Independent

    A step up for an artist determined to come across more credible
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  11. 4.0 |   The Guardian

    Electric Light is an album that wears its commercial ambitions as proudly as its maker once sported his fedora
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