Electric Light (album)

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Electric Light
Electric LightBayjpg.jpeg
Studio album by
Released18 May 2018
GenreRock, Pop, R&B
Length48:26
Label
Producer
James Bay chronology
Chaos and the Calm
(2015)
Electric Light
(2018)
Singles from Electric Light
  1. "Wild Love"
    Released: 8 February 2018
  2. "Pink Lemonade"
    Released: 7 March 2018
  3. "Us"
    Released: 30 March 2018
  4. "Just For Tonight"
    Released: 10 August 2018[1]

Electric Light is the second studio album by British singer-songwriter James Bay. The album was released on 18 May 2018 through Republic Records.[2]

Background[edit]

On 7 March 2018, Bay announced that his second album was called Electric Light and would be released on 18 May 2018. In a press release, he said: "If I had to describe my first album visually it would probably be a flame – while this new album is about a real sonic and artistic evolution for me. The feeling of a 100 watt bulb expanding and brightening is what I envisioned. Electric Light came to my mind and I knew it was perfect."[3]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
Metacritic71/100[4]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[5]
The A.V. ClubB[6]
Clash7/10[7]
Cryptic Rock3.5/5 stars[8]
The Guardian2/5 stars[9]
The Independent3/5 stars[10]
MusicOMH4/5 stars[11]
NME3/5 stars[12]
Q Magazine4/5 stars[13]
VarietyPositive[14]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album has an average score of 71 based on 13 ratings, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[15] Jordan Bassett of NME stated "'Electric Light' is all over the place. There are hip-hop style spoken-word skits on the record and, actually, it sometimes sounds more like a lush, exploratory mixtape than a coherent album." He rated the album 3/5.[16] Q magazine was quoted as saying the album contains "an admirable desire for transformation."[15]Stereogum wrote "It’s a genuinely thrilling piece of work, one that converted me into a James Bay fan on impact."[17]

Track listing[edit]

Electric Light[18]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
1."Intro"Bay0:58
2."Wasted on Each Other"
  • Bay
  • Jonathan Green
3:58
3."Pink Lemonade"
  • Bay
  • Green
  • Bay
  • Green
  • Epworth[b]
4:14
4."Wild Love"
  • Bay
  • Green
  • Bay
  • Green
  • Epworth[b]
3:17
5."Us"
  • Bay
  • Green
  • Bay
  • Green
  • Epworth[b]
3:01
6."In My Head"
  • Bay
  • Green
  • Bay
  • Green
  • Epworth[b]
3:07
7."Interlude"BayBay1:01
8."Just for Tonight"
  • Bay
  • Green
  • Bay
  • Green
  • Epworth[b]
3:37
9."Wanderlust"
  • Bay
  • Green
4:16
10."I Found You"
5:06
11."Sugar Drunk High"
  • Bay
  • Green
  • Bay
  • Green
3:39
12."Stand Up"
4:59
13."Fade Out"
  • Bay
  • Green
  • Bay
  • Green
  • Epworth[b]
3:52
14."Slide"
  • Bay
  • Green
  • Epworth[b]
3:21
Total length:48:26
Electric Light Target exclusive edition (bonus tracks)[19]
No.TitleWriter(s)Producer(s)Length
15."Confirmation"
  • Bay
  • Green
  • Bay
  • Green
3:16
16."Young Hearts in the Dark"
  • Bay
  • Green
  • Bay
  • Green
  • Epworth[b]
3:17
Total length:54:59

Notes

Charts[edit]

Chart (2018) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[20] 14
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[21] 20
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[22] 24
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[23] 81
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[24] 14
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[25] 13
French Albums (SNEP)[26] 156
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[27] 14
Irish Albums (IRMA)[28] 12
Italian Albums (FIMI)[29] 75
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[30] 21
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[31] 25
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[32] 22
Scottish Albums (OCC)[33] 3
Spanish Albums (PROMUSICAE)[34] 81
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[35] 26
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[36] 6
UK Albums (OCC)[37] 2
US Billboard 200[38] 21

References[edit]

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  9. ^ "James Bay: Electric Light review – too much chaos and not enough calm". The Guardian.
  10. ^ "James Bay, Electric Light, review: A step up for an artist determined to come across more credible". The Independent.
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