Chaos and the Calm

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Chaos and the Calm
Chaos and the Calm.jpg
Studio album by James Bay
Released 23 March 2015 (2015-03-23)
Recorded 2013–14 in Nashville, Tennessee[1]
Genre
Length 48:13
Label
Producer Jacquire King
James Bay chronology
Chaos and the Calm
(2015)
Electric Light
(2018)
Singles from Chaos and the Calm
  1. "Let It Go"
    Released: 2 June 2014
  2. "Hold Back the River"
    Released: 17 November 2014
  3. "Scars[6]"
    Released: 28 August 2015
  4. "If You Ever Want to Be in Love"
    Released: 29 October 2015
  5. "Best Fake Smile"
    Released: 2 March 2016
  6. "Running"
    Released: 11 March 2016

Chaos and the Calm is the debut studio album by English singer-songwriter James Bay. It was released on 23 March 2015 by Republic Records and produced by Jacquire King.

The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Rock Album, while the song "Hold Back the River" was nominated for Best Rock Song and Bay for Best New Artist.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic58/100[7]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[8]

Chaos and the Calm received mixed reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 58, which indicates "mixed or average reviews", based on 9 reviews.

Commercial performance[edit]

The Official Charts Company reported that Chaos and the Calm debuted at number one in the UK Albums Chart on 29 March 2015, having sold over 64,000 copies in the first week of release.[9]

Track listing[edit]

Chaos and the CalmStandard version
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Craving"Jacquire King3:47
2."Hold Back the River"
  • Bay
  • Archer
King3:59
3."Let It Go"King4:21
4."If You Ever Want to Be in Love"
  • Bay
  • Jimmy Hogarth
  • Steve McEwan
King3:58
5."Best Fake Smile"
  • Bay
  • Archer
King3:26
6."When We Were on Fire"
  • Bay
  • Jon Green
King3:59
7."Move Together"
  • Bay
  • Jamie Hartman
King4:37
8."Scars"BayKing4:32
9."Collide"
  • Bay
  • Thomas EP Hull
King3:24
10."Get Out While You Can"
  • Bay
  • Ed Harcourt
King4:43
11."Need the Sun to Break"King3:46
12."Incomplete"
King3:41

Personnel[edit]

Adapted from AllMusic:[10]

  • James Bay – guitar, piano, vocals
  • Eli Beaird – bass
  • Eric Darken – percussion
  • Ian Fitchuk – drums, keyboards, percussion
  • Jonathan Yudkin – cello, viola

Charts and certifications[edit]

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Australia (ARIA)[49] Gold 35,000^
Austria (IFPI Austria)[50] Gold 7,500*
Canada (Music Canada)[51] 2× Platinum 160,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[52] Platinum 20,000^
Germany (BVMI)[53] Gold 100,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[54] Gold 7,500^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[55] Gold 10,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[56] 2× Platinum 824,540[57]
United States (RIAA)[58] Gold 500,000double-dagger

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
Ireland 20 March 2015
United Kingdom[59] 23 March 2015

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