Days & Nights

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
A striking Hi Records-style ballad, a lead vocal on Gorillaz' Top 40 U.K. single "Doncamatic," a long-list nomination for BBC's Sound of 2011 poll, and a variety of prelude releases led to Daley's proper debut album. A few years in the making, Days & Nights smartly includes "Alone Together," a Grammy-worthy 2012 duet with Marsha Ambrosius that didn't light up mainstream urban stations but reached number five on Billboard's Adult R&B Songs chart. That Canei Finch-produced song, as well as the preceding material, implied that this soul-inspired red-headed native of Manchester, England -- who has no other apparent likeness to Simply Red's Mick Hucknall -- could go ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
A striking Hi Records-style ballad, a lead vocal on Gorillaz' Top 40 U.K. single "Doncamatic," a long-list nomination for BBC's Sound of 2011 poll, and a variety of prelude releases led to Daley's proper debut album. A few years in the making, Days & Nights smartly includes "Alone Together," a Grammy-worthy 2012 duet with Marsha Ambrosius that didn't light up mainstream urban stations but reached number five on Billboard's Adult R&B Songs chart. That Canei Finch-produced song, as well as the preceding material, implied that this soul-inspired red-headed native of Manchester, England -- who has no other apparent likeness to Simply Red's Mick Hucknall -- could go down any number of stylistic paths. Days & Nights does just that. It courses through many moods and modes, yet it's impressively unified. On opener "Time Travel," a typically sleek and shadowy production from Illangelo, Daley instantly lures with his delicate touch and casual delivery that nonetheless makes a direct and deep emotional connection. He then slips into "Look Up," where Pharrell Williams whips up some elegant neo-Philly soul that allows him to display a falsetto that isn't just impressive but also affecting. Daley remains in service to the song, neither winks nor pulls it out as an act of trickery. With its beaming melodies and impeccably layered, all-Daley background vocals, "Pass It On," another Finch production, could fool listeners as an update of a joyous 1985 R&B single. A trio of songs made with reluctant Brit-pop guitar god turned accomplished producer Bernard Butler (Duffy, Findlay Brown, James Morrison) adds more dimensions. The cathartic "Broken" unfolds into a hurtling, grand sound that Daley masterfully navigates, while "She Fades" is a pulsing, strings-cloaked ballad that aches. The last of the three, the title track, ends the album in graceful, heartbroken, dreamily optimistic fashion with subtle nods to early hip-hop and electro. Brilliantly put together, this must be one of 2014's best debuts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/11/2014
  • Label: Republic
  • UPC: 602537715794
  • Catalog Number: 002007602
  • Sales rank: 7,857

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Time Travel (3:52)
  2. 2 Look Up (3:58)
  3. 3 Blame the World (4:18)
  4. 4 Good News (4:01)
  5. 5 Love + Affection (3:17)
  6. 6 Be (4:14)
  7. 7 Alone Together (3:59)
  8. 8 Pass It On (3:58)
  9. 9 Broken (3:30)
  10. 10 She Fades (4:08)
  11. 11 Love Somebody (4:49)
  12. 12 Days + Nights (4:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Daley Primary Artist
Bernard Butler Guitar, Piano
Steve Valdez Piano
Matt Hales Bass, Drums, Keyboards
Ehren Ebbage Guitar
Natahn Perez Bass, Guitar, Drums
Technical Credits
Joan Armatrading Composer
Bernard Butler Composer, Producer, Engineer
Larry Gold Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements
Paul Heard Vocal Producer
Tom Coyne Mastering
Jonathan Quarmby Additional Production
Steve Valdez Composer
Pharrell Williams Composer, Producer
Andre Harris Composer, Producer, Instrumentation
Happy Perez Producer
Marsha Ambrosius Composer
Julian Bunetta Composer, Producer
Matt Hales Producer
Daley Composer, Producer, Art Direction, Concept
Rosie Danvers String Arrangements
Canei Finch Composer, Producer
Nathan Perez Composer
Shea Taylor Composer, Producer
Ben O'Neill Engineer
Aya Merrill Mastering
Carlo "Illangelo" Montagnese Producer
Carlo Montagnese Composer
Chris Loco Producer
Andrew Coleman Arranger, Engineer, Digital Editing
Chris Crowhurst Composer
Charley Hustle Engineer
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