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  • Summary: The fifth studio release for the singer-songwriter sees the addition of influences from rock music to his jazz, R&B, and soul sounds.
  • Record Label: Blue Note
  • Genre(s): R&B, Funk, Pop/Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock, Contemporary Singer/Songwriter, Neo-Soul
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  1. Jun 10, 2014
    80
    Compared to James’s 2013 breakout “No Beginning No End,” this one is bigger, thicker, less sensual but arguably just as sexy.
  2. Aug 28, 2014
    80
    This career-best seventh album seeps into your head and stays there. [Sep 2014, p.110]
  3. Jun 10, 2014
    80
    With James' voice and nearly iconic harmonic sensibility as a guide, these genres flow into, rub against, and ultimately redefine one another. His creative reach, at least at this juncture appears to be boundless.
  4. Jun 10, 2014
    80
    His second album on the label--While You Were Sleeping, is a leap forward, brilliant precisely for its blurriness of style.
  5. Jul 24, 2014
    80
    There's always a soulful undercurrent to James's work, exemplified by album's deliciously dream title cut. [Jul 2014, p.92]
  6. Jun 26, 2014
    70
    While You Were Sleeping is a curious amalgam of '70s soul, '90s R&B and the epic manoeuvrings of stadium rock. [Aug 2014, p.74]
  7. Jun 10, 2014
    50
    In his determination to establish his own lane, though, James has let his once-strong songwriting sag.
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