Kris James finally unveils self-titled debut album

“When I pick up an album, I want to love the whole thing, not just tracks one, four and eight."
9 December 2021

By Laura V

It’s been a long time coming, but Kris James has finally unleashed his highly anticipated debut album, the self-titled Kris James, into the world.

And boy, was it worth the wait. Opening with the tropical-sounding ‘Naive’, Kris immediately creates an atmosphere of honesty between himself and the listener. James is never one to shy away from the truth, and over the course of the album, he owns up to past mistakes. ‘Naive’ especially tells the story of Kris’ misjudgment of a friend, ending up in betrayal. 

Kris James is, by now, an absolute expert at hiding emotionally complex themes and boundless authenticity in catchy pop songs. In the past, themes of toxic masculinity, anxiety, and honesty in romance have peppered James’ uniquely sophisticated hooks and harmonies – ensuring that we have something to dance to and think about at the same time. 

His approach to album-writing is also refreshingly sincere. “When I pick up an album, I want to love the whole thing, not just tracks one, four and eight. My mindset whilst writing was that if this proves to be the last thing I ever release, I want it to be a definitive statement; to be the best it can be.” True to form, Kris James has no fodder. It perfectly captures James as an artist, a songwriter and, above all, a person – someone who has a story to tell.

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