Nights Like This

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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: 4/29/2014
  • Label: Warner Bros / Wea
  • UPC: 093624938200
  • Catalog Number: 542263
  • Sales rank: 72,965

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Well, Alright Now (3:09)
  2. 2 Grown Up (3:30)
  3. 3 Woohoo (2:44)
  4. 4 Nights Like This (2:57)
  5. 5 Lonely World (3:23)
  6. 6 Shock To the System (3:03)
  7. 7 Not Even Once (3:14)
  8. 8 Shoes (3:23)
  9. 9 Ain't Worth It (Goodbye) (3:03)
  10. 10 Pistol Shot (3:21)
  11. 11 Two Broken Hearts (3:51)
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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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