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Days Gone By
Genres: Country, Pop
Between the traditional honky-tonk of Randy Travis and the raucous country-rock of Travis Tritt lies a middle ground of country-pop. At its worst, this is sentimental, easy-listening music--it's as if Barry Manilow had add... more »
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Between the traditional honky-tonk of Randy Travis and the raucous country-rock of Travis Tritt lies a middle ground of country-pop. At its worst, this is sentimental, easy-listening music--it's as if Barry Manilow had added a steel guitar. At its best, though, as in the hands of a Rodney Crowell or a Kathy Mattea, country-pop marries the storytelling craft of Nashville with the harmonic sophistication of the Beatles. Crowell is the obvious model on Days Gone By, James House's third attempt to make the transition from songwriter to artist. He doesn't quite rise to Crowell's high standards, but House comes close enough to make this a thoroughly enjoyable example of commercial country-pop. Like Crowell, House is a great admirer of Roy Orbison. The best song on House's new album, Little by Little, was obviously inspired by the operatic crooner in shades and it builds unstoppably from tentative efforts to forget an old lover to a big, climactic confession of undying love. Orbison's influence can also be heard in the brooding obsessions of such House compositions as "Silence Makes a Lonesome Sound" and "Until You Set Me Free." Producer Don Cook, who was never bashful about building a big wall of sound with the Mavericks or Brooks & Dunn, gives these songs the Orbison-like grandeur they require. No one would ever mistake House's voice for Orbison's, however. House does his songs justice with a solid tenor, but he has neither the powerful instrument nor the inimitable style that separate the special singers from the pack. Days Gone By is a useful showcase for a talented songwriter and a reliable performer, but songs like "Little by Little" and the title cut need someone like Raul Malo or Chris Isaak who can give these tunes the Orbison-like vocal they deserve. --Geoffrey Himes
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If it weren't for country radio, James House would be a star
American Roots | Nashville, TN United States | 12/29/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There are so many radio-friendly singles on this album it's amazing that it didn't propel James House into superstardom. Just what exactly is country radio looking for? These songs are not strong, traditional country. They have enough of a hook and such great melodies that pull the listener in immediately. A must for every country music fan's collection."
A Very Pleasurable Listening Experience...Stellar!
L J | 09/14/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"James House must be one of the most talented men in the music industry. His touching lyrics and catchy melodies are exciting, inspiring and very easy on the ears. Of course, he's pretty easy on the eyes too. If every artist out there could take a moment to sit back and learn from this guy, we would all be hearing better, more beautiful music. He is stunning and deserves all success that comes his way- whether he is performing, writing or producing. Many thanks to James for touching my heart and inspiring me to go after my dream. Simply the best."
Hard to find but worth it!!!!!!
L J | 10/13/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I 1st found James House's Hard Times For an Honest Man cassette in a clearance bin at a record store in the Hutch Mall. I fell in love with his music & his melodic voice. He is such a wonderful singer and it's a heck of a shame that today's country stations don't play his music. He has such a way with music that really knocks me out. I was fortunate enough to find the Days Gone By CD on ebay along with one other one of his. Unfortunately, so far, I can't replace the Hard Times for an Honest Man tape that my ex stole. I know James wrote hits for others (i.e. Diamond Rio's In a Week or Two which I dearly loved & would've loved to have heard James sing). Damn shame he's not on the radio like he should be."