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Thursday, September 4, 2008

CD Review: Derek James - Stray

Derek James - Stray
2005, Derek James Music

Derek James started out in Australia, and made it to Manhattan by way of France, all as part of his dream of being a performer. He is an eclectic songwriter who crosses musical boundaries as easily as crossing the street. He is often compared to the likes of Jack Johnson, Coldplay and Tom Petty. James’ 2005 debut CD, Stray, is a wonderful debut and introduction.

Stray is a bright, breezy breath of fresh air that deserves greater attention that it has received in the 3+ years since its release. My favorite song here is What's That Sound, a Beatles-esque silly little love song. Summer is a gorgeous bit of musical poetry that is as lyrically expressive as it is lovely. Pretty Lady is mix tape material and would be a great pick for a movie soundtrack. Stray closes out with There Is The Sun, an upbeat, breezy folk-rock tune that will get stuck in your head and stay there.

Stray is the sort of album that makes you want more from an artist. Derek James has this easy voice that is a pleasure to listen to. He is a strong songwriter and performer, and I strongly recommend Stray for my readers' listening pleasure.

Rating: 4 Stars (Out of 5)

You can learn more about Derek James at, where you can purchase a copy of Stray.

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