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"BMF Review Of "Overspill""

James Henry is a jack of all trades - writing, recording, producing, and performing for over ten years now from New York to L.A. to Austin to his homebase in London. "Overspill" is his latest offering - a follow up to 2004's "Sweetener". The first single, "The Sun Is Cracking The Flags", is a pop fan's dream that grabs you right at the get-go with its catchy 'la la la' opening. Henry wastes no time engraving the contagious chorus into your memory, and I've not been able to get this song out of my head all week. Since it is such a neat little pop tune that makes me smile, I don't mind so much.

There isn't anything else quite as smashing and instantly memorable on "Overspill" as the delightful "The Sun Is Cracking The Flags", but fans of light, acoustic-based Brit pop are going to find a little piece of heaven in this record. Vocally, Henry sounds like a cross between Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze) and Gilbert O'Sullivan. "Milsom Heights" is a sunny opener, complete with handclaps and a chorus that will have you singing along in no time. "Checkout Idling" makes it clear that Henry is no stranger to the music of James Taylor. I also really enjoyed the upbeat "Don't Let It Happen", which features a guitar run that reminds me of Mason Williams. "I'd Be All Over That" sounds like it would be comfortable on Jude Cole's latest record, so that one won me over as well.

James Henry specializes in intelligent pop songs for adults. "Overspill" has excellent production quality, with acoustic guitars that are bright and crisp, complex harmonies that gently float into your ears, and plenty of instrumental dynamics to keep things interesting. Fans of Squeeze, XTC, and Paul McCartney need to put "Overspill" into their cups. "Overspill" will be released on May 17.

iPOD-worthy: 1, 7, 8, 10 - Bill's Music Forum, 23 March 2010


"Sweet & Sour"

James Henry's album balances sweet melodies and sharp & slightly biting lyrics: "What this love releases now, cuts me into pieces now," he sings on the quietly powerful "Surprised To Know". Then there is a short and startling glimpse of a street sweeper's life in "Sour Faced Woman" and the beauty of "All That I Want For Myself". A perfect listen for a sunshine-drenched day.

http://jameshenry.net/press.html - Musicians Union, July 05


Discography

Albums - "Overspill" & "Sweetener". Radio airplay on Radio Merseyside for "Sweetener" track "Saturday Morning". Other tracks on MySpace and own website - www.jameshenry.net

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Born in Liverpool, now based in London. Writing and performing for over ten years. Released 1st solo album in 2004, entitled "Sweetener", which was played extensively on various Radio Merseyside shows soon after. New album, "Overspill" due out in May 2010. New single "The Sun Is Cracking The Flags", out April 26th 2010.