Download the Latest Free Compilation from JFH!
Download the Latest Free Compilation from JFH!

JFH Staff Review




James Clay
James Clay



Album length: 11 tracks: 48 minutes, 16 seconds
Street Date: June 15, 2004


Many artists have interesting and sometimes heart-wrenching stories from the road leading to their record deal. James Clay's makes most other's look like a walk in the park. At age ten, Clay's mother took James and his siblings away from their father, at which point they joined a religious cult. And by the age of fourteen, he was providing fully for his mother and siblings. It was during this time that he began to play guitar and write songs. And, to make a long story short, eight years, a wife and two kids later, Mr. Clay has a record deal with InPop. And what he has to offer is simply incredible.

It is hard to describe Clay's self-titled debut. He takes just about everything you can do with acoustic rock and tries all of it over the course of eleven tracks. You can hear a lot of Dave Matthews in the music. Vocally, James Clay is about as diverse as they come. His voice is somewhat "grunge rock," but very passionate, and sometimes even resembling that of Mark Stuart of Audio Adrenaline.

The lyrics speak of life experiences, something Clay has a lot of. "Franklin Park," a song he wrote at the age of fifteen while living in a trailer park, is about sharing God's love to people that seem not to care at all. "Wicked Woman," probably the most rambunctious track on the debut, has Clay screaming "But the wise man stays away from the wicked woman" repeatedly. Other tracks simply talk about relying on God ("On your Knees," "Send Salvation, etc…), including the classic tribute to The Call's "I Still Believe."

If ever you need an example of hard work translating into great music, look no further than James Clay. His music is something new and almost completely unique from anything you've heard before. That's hard to do. But he's done it, and he's done it well.

- Review date: 06/08/04, written by Josh Taylor


Listen to the new album from NamedTobias!

 

CD

Buy This CD Online


. Record Label: InPop Records
. Album length: 11 tracks, 48 minutes and 16 seconds
. Street Date: June 15, 2004
. Buy It: Amazon.com

  1. I Still Believe
  2. Franklin Park
  3. On Your Knees
  4. Judah's Song
  5. One at a Time
  6. Anyway
  7. To Be with You
  8. Wicked Woman
  9. Send Salvation
  10. Sabotage
  11. Millstones

 

 

go to main Album review page
go to Album review archive

 


(JFH Sponsor Spot)

 

 

           
Listen to the new album from NamedTobias!

Search JFH




This Friday, January 15, 2021
Apollo LTD Acoustic Sessions EP [Centricity]
Audrey Assad Eden (Live) (independent)
The Beenes Keep Looking Up [StowTown]
Mack Brock Space (Deluxe) [Capitol CMG]
Crowder Good God Almighty - Single [Capitol CMG]
The Dailys (Jillian Edwards & Ellie Holcomb) The Dailys EP [Tone Tree]
Demon Hunter I Will Fail You (Resurrected) - Single [Solid State]
Equippers Revolution Clarity [DREAM]
Futures Just So Good - Single [DREAM]
Hillsong Young & Free Todos Mis Mejores Amigos - EP (Re-Release) [Capitol CMG]
John P. Kee It's Gonna Get Better (feat. Zacardi Cortez, Tredell Kee, Mark J, Phil Lassiter & Clyde Cumberlander) - Single [eOne]
KJ-52 One Year Ago (feat. Whosoever South) - Single (independent)
Charlie Peacock Skin and Wind (independent)
planetboom JC Squad [Venture3Media]
Angie Rose Unstoppable EP [Capitol CMG]
Kierra Sheard Something Has To Break (feat. Karen Clark Sheard) - Single [Karew/Provident]
Titus Showers We Need You - Single [A & P]
Young Oceans You Are Fullness [Street Talk Media]


This Saturday, January 16, 2021
116, Wande, Hulvey Still 40 Deep - Single [Reach]


Next Friday, January 22, 2021
Cochren & Co. Don't Lose Hope [Gotee]
Phil Joel Better Than I Found It (independent)
Remedy Drive Imago Amor (independent)
Chase Tremaine Development & Compromise (independent)


For all release dates, click here!
 



Listen to the new album by Messenger!




Listen to the new album from Robby John!