Luke James‘ debut album has been a long time coming. While he’s been teasing fans with tastes and treats from the album, most recently with the visuals for the heart-broken ballad “Exit Wounds,” with the imminent release of his self-titled album, James is ready to lay all his cards on the table. A week out from its release James is streaming the entire deluxe album thanks to Vevo.
While fans will be familiar with cuts from the album such as the Rick Ross-assisted, lead single “Options” and follow up “Dancing In the Dark,” it’s the previously unheard tracks like the synth-driven opener “Love XYZ,” the cinematic “Glass House” and the party pleaser “Exposé” that will seal the deal on a purchase of this solid album. The production on James’ past tracks has always been on point, serving up perfect-sized portions of forward-thinking R&B with a dash of pop sensibility. On first listen, James’ self-titled debut album stays true to his style and does not disappoint. James’ falsetto makes numerous appearances as do dark, powerful song themes and driving beats that capture the listener’s attention and imagination ensuring that they’ll be heading over to iTunes to pre-order a copy, and that come September 23rd, Luke James will have further secured his spot as a formidable force in R&B.