Nights Like This

Nights Like This

by Eli "Paperboy" Reed
     
 

From the start, Eli "Paperboy" Reed has specialized in soul like they used to make back in the good old days, but being a revivalist only goes so far. Sooner or later, revivalists hit their glass ceiling, left with only two paths forward: either grind out a living on a blues circuit or place all their chits on a crossover. Reed opts for the latter on Nights Like…  See more details below

Overview

From the start, Eli "Paperboy" Reed has specialized in soul like they used to make back in the good old days, but being a revivalist only goes so far. Sooner or later, revivalists hit their glass ceiling, left with only two paths forward: either grind out a living on a blues circuit or place all their chits on a crossover. Reed opts for the latter on Nights Like This, his first album for Warner that also, for most intents and purposes, functions as a reboot of his entire career. He replaces his Stax foundation with a stack of Motown 7"s that are indeed more welcoming to his new style, a fashion heavily indebted to the productions of Mark Ronson, particularly his sharp neo-soul for Amy Winehouse. At times, Nights Like This quite explicitly draws connections between Ronson and Reed -- "Shock to the System" rides a Tamla bounce that's quite similar to "Valerie" -- but Reed also shows an awareness for sounds that have reached the charts in the 2010s. "Lonely Word" opens with a desolate piano plonk that's a dead-ringer for Katy Perry's "Roar," but Reed and his chief collaborator Ryan Spaker generally don't dive head-first into complete crossover territory (with its iciness, it's reminiscent of a warmer Ryan Tedder). He still favors tightly written, cannily structured songs, but this time favoring aggressively friendly melodies and R&B stomps to signifiers of authenticity, and that craftsmanship is why his music is appealing whether dressed in thrift-store suits or modern threads. Underneath all this gloss and glitz -- and, to be sure, there is a lot of razzle-dazzle here, enough so that it may alienate some fans of his earlier, simpler material -- Reed remains the same sharp, skillful soulman, one whose good taste and craft are hard to resist.

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/29/2014
Label:
Warner Bros / Wea
UPC:
0093624938200
catalogNumber:
542263
Rank:
60560

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eli "Paperboy" Reed   Primary Artist
Eli Reed   Background Vocals
Keefus Ciancia   Keyboards
Pamela Martin   Background Vocals
Ryan Spraker   Background Vocals
Dave Brophy   Drums

Technical Credits

Keith Ciancia   Composer
Brian Gardner   Mastering
Stephen Walker   Art Direction
Dave Bassett   Composer,Additional Production
Roy Battle   Composer
Wallpaper   Producer
Dan Carney   Composer
Donny Phillips   Logo
Eric Frederic   Composer
Rich Skillz   Composer,Producer
Eli Reed   Producer,Instrumentation
Ross Golan   Composer
Keefus Ciancia   Additional Production
Michael Fitzpatrick   Composer
Eli Husock   Composer
Pat Dicenso   Composer,Programming,Engineer,Instrumentation
Ryan Spraker   Composer,Programming,Producer,Instrumentation
Andreas Schüller   Composer
Axident   Producer

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