Days & Nights
Released: Feb 2014
Label: Republic Records
U.K. singer Daley's debut album augments 2012's quiet-storm hit "Alone Together" in subtle yet invigorating ways. "Pass It On" pulses with a slight bass throb, there's a soulful guitar solo underlining the romantic anxiety of "Be," and humming backing harmonies guide the luscious "Time Travel." Where he falls into trouble is the occasionally inelegant lyric like "She Fades" and, more importantly, in the album's sedate yet sensuous tone. Its lack of frisson will lead some listeners to tune him out, even though there are plenty of good songs that prove they shouldn't.
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