Musical Discovery: Hold Back the River by James Bay

In last week’s Friday Article, I talked about the 2015 BRITs Critics’ Choice Award winner, James Bay. For this week’s Musical Discovery, it’s Hold Back the River.

The song starts with a slow but memorable guitar riff that I felt like I had heard before. Then begins Bay’s soulful vocals which develops with the emotion of the song, with a complex drum groove to accompany the track.

Even the song’s bridge is a brilliant demonstration of James Bay’s vocal talents, as the bridge builds up to the final chorus which ends in an optimistic and feel-good tone.

I think James Bay is worthy of the 2015 Critics’ Choice Award, and I look forward to his debut!

What do you think of this track? Do you think James Bay will be a huge success next year? Comment below!

Liam

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8 thoughts on “Musical Discovery: Hold Back the River by James Bay

  1. Hasn’t anyone else noticed that Hold Back The River on the album is performed at a slower pace than we’ve heard on the single???????

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