James Bay – Leap

A triumphant fan-pleasing return from the songwriter...

If the measure of an artist’s creative depth is their ability to craft evocative lyrics, James Bay is indeed a most accomplished sculptor. Eloquently routing through a surplus of nuanced feelings, ‘Leap’ is a warm hug to those hankering to see the silver lining amidst the storms of life. 

Whilst the guitar centred melodies of ‘Save Your Love’ and ‘Everybody Needs Someone’ are delightfully reminiscent of ‘The Chaos And The Calm’ era, the album also created room for deviation from Bay’s alternative/indie roots in favour of pop leaning mid-tempo mood boosters. 

Emboldened by the support of those he holds dear, ‘Leap’ exhibits a more unguarded side of Bay than seen previously as a successful attempt to augment his artistic palette.


Words: Ray Sang 

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