Electric Light
James Bay - Electric Light
Critic Score
Based on 9 reviews
2018 Ratings: #335 / 368
User Score
Based on 34 ratings
2018 Ratings: #280
May 18, 2018 / Release Date
LP / Format
Republic / Label
Pop Rock / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
Dork
This is an album that spotlights raw, physical emotions with confidence, in turn diminishing Bay’s original heart-on-my-sleeve sensibility. In a modern world of exhaustingly complicated relationships, ‘Electric Light’ is a little less serious, and a little more hedonist fun.
80
musicOMH
This adds up to 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.
80
AllMusic

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.

70
Clash
While producer Paul Epworth’s contribution is accomplished, adding a dynamism that maintains our attention throughout, the record seems to lack an underlying theme. Bay has been a bit too clever for his own good, and on ‘Electric Light' fails to latch onto a identity that makes him truly unique.
64
GIGsoup
‘Electric Light’ however inconsistent it may be is still a strong follow-up, for an artist who is still finding his feet and his prefered musical style. This album, in particular, is the start of Bay’s own electrically experimental phase which we are all here for.
60
The Independent

A step up for an artist determined to come across more credible. But the singer-songwriter still sounds more John Mayer than Frank Ocean on his second record.

60
NME
Bay is to be commended for taking the path of most resistance, and for wowing us with something unexpected, but it’s often hard to shake the feeling that he’s simply sanitised the sound of various more interesting artists.
40
The Guardian
Bay’s second album ditches the bluesy apparel for ruthlessly efficient pop with more en-masse choirs than a touring production of Sister Act
40
The Telegraph
It sounds as if the 27-year-old is determined to drag his old school oeuvre into the 21st Century. But when you penetrate the startling surface, what you hear is a makeover, not a reinvention.
Jun 17, 2018
SeanPassmore
70
With his dreamy rock star good looks, angelic voice and gunslinger guitar chops 27-year-old British singing sensation James Bay lies somewhere between Rick Springfield and Jeff Buckley, perhaps more “Jessie’s Girl” than “Last Goodbye”. Electric Light, the follow up to his 2015 chart topping #1 award winning double platinum debut album, should do much to solidify his standing as one of England’s top rising new stars with its tantalizing mix of edgy modern-day ... read more
Jun 5, 2018
bryniakk
32
What is this?
Why is this a (some sort of) concept album?
Why is this recorded as there seems to be a video version of album attached to this?
Why all of those tracks are incredibly messy and hard to stick with, or even listen to at some points?
I don't get it, but I have none of it.
May 22, 2018
Tsareena
66
The production is so good on this though the sound is really all over the place. There's rnb, there's soul and something almost like country. Feels really disjointed but I appreciate the ambition
Fave: In My Head,
May 20, 2018
RandomFrequency
72
Pink Lemonade is one of my favorite songs so far this year, and while I didn’t dislike the album overall as much as many reviewers, it does seem Bay tried a little too hard on this one. Where Less was more in his previous work, here he crosses genres and cranks up the bass to deliver some experemintation we could live without. Not to mention, the dialogue is inside jokey and unfortunate. Looking forward to his next release...
May 20, 2018
70
Sometimes this album get me so tired, but James always rescue me in this part. It's a nice album, but it's just this. Ain't suprinsing, but it shows a different James.
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Track List
  1. Intro
  2. Wasted On Each Other
  3. Pink Lemonade
  4. Wild Love
  5. Us
  6. In My Head
  7. Interlude
  8. Just For Tonight
  9. Wanderlust
  10. I Found You
  11. Sugar Drunk High
  12. Stand Up
  13. Fade Out
  14. Slide
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Added on: March 15, 2018