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Joshua James: Building The Drama

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Joshua James: Building The Drama

Joshua James: Building The Drama

Joshua James: Building The Drama

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Following his critically acclaimed debut album, The Sun Is Always Brighter, Joshua James has released a new batch of intriguing folk-rock tunes. Though the 25-year-old singer-songwriter has been writing songs for only six years, his music exudes wisdom: The 13 tracks on Build Me This expertly weave together themes of spirituality, love and music. In a session from WXPN, he performs sparse, moody, atmospheric rock that draws out the drama.

Set List

  • "Doctor"
  • "Black July"
  • "Coal War"

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But there's more to be said about the album's progression into electrified hard-rock territory. James has clearly expanded his style to include elements of world music and Southern rock. Between the fusion of folk-rock styles and his intimate vocals, James is frequently compared to the likes of Bob Dylan and Neil Young.