by Spencer Day


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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.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/08/2009
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0888072313170
catalogNumber: 31317
Rank: 91521

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Spencer 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 Credits

Cliff Goldmacher   Composer
Spencer Day   Composer,Producer
Ben Yonas   Producer,Engineer
Micah Hulscher   Composer

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Vagabond 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Judysviews More than 1 year ago
Insightful lyrics with original, stimulating beat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Melancholia More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent (new) artist... Worth buying and listening to multiple times.
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