Jazz-influenced singer/songwriter Spencer Day's third studio effort and debut for Concord Records, 2009's Vagabond is a softly cinematic piece of crossover pop that positions Day as a kind of thinking man's crooner, or at least a crooning storyteller. A piano player with a burnished baritone voice and a knack for literate moody ballads, Day will of course draw quick and easy comparisons to other similarly inclined contemporaries like Peter Cincotti, Jamie Cullum, and Norah Jones -- which, though true enough, slightly reduces Day's own weighty album presence. Vocally, Day has a bit of the emotional swagger of Michael Bublé leavened with just enough downtrodden urban skew as to make one think Day has, at the least, listened to Tom Waits. This is especially true on such cathartic pop moments as the character song "Joe" and the lilting and soulful title track. Elsewhere, Day evinces a kind of '60s Elvis quality on the slippery-slick opening number, "Till You Come to Me," and brings to mind a young Harry Connick, Jr. on the slow swinger "I Got a Mind to Tell You." However, it is such superb tunes as the yearning love song "Out of My Hands" and the would-be classic "Maybe (Tuesday Morning)" that help Vagabond rise above the crossover fray and reach toward something more akin to the best of Harry Nilsson and Randy Newman. Ultimately, all of Vagabond is immaculately produced, and a steady mix of strings, horns, and other "old-school" elements -- combined with Day's own creative merits -- helps color the album as a kind of latter-day traditional pop love letter.
Performance CreditsSpencer Day Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Irene Sazer Violin
Michael Spiro Percussion
Carl Wheeler Organ,Percussion
Scott Amendola Drums
Jon Evans Bass
David Berger Drums
Brian Lee Violin
Shayna Steele Background Vocals
Justin Johnson Background Vocals
Ben Yonas Organ,Piano,Mellotron,Wurlitzer
Matt Swindells Drums
Rob Jost Bass,French Horn
Yair Evnine Acoustic Guitar,Cello,Electric Guitar,Acoustic Bass
George Mesterhazy Piano
Technical CreditsCliff Goldmacher Composer
Spencer Day Composer,Producer
Ben Yonas Producer,Engineer
Micah Hulscher Composer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Insightful lyrics with original, stimulating beat.
When I first heard the track "Till You Come to Me", I had to get this CD. It really stirred my soul. Spencer Day is a truly gifted singer/song writer.
Spencer Day makes me feel good. He's current yet has a bit of old style presentation. I like him. He reminds me of Harry Connick, Jr., but better.
An excellent (new) artist... Worth buying and listening to multiple times.