Louis James
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Louis James


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The best kept secret in music


"TheHVScene CD Review 12-06-2005"

When receiving this young 17 year old’s album. I was a bit skeptical mainly because I don’t usually listen to this kind of music. When reading the press packet that came with the CD I realized this kid means business. You can tell right off the bat when someone is really trying to make it and putting 100% effort into the music. Having contact information for him, his publicity company and his management company. Having the acoustic guitar background accompanied by pop hooks this kid is going places.

The overall feel of the album makes you feel like you’re on a beach in California hanging out with your buddies. So Unreal just gives you a good feeling when you listen to it. The production quality on the album is extremely good. The vocals are the main focus of the music, as they should but they don’t take away from any of the music, which by it self is rather good.

The songs each have a similar feel but you don’t feel like you’re listening to the same things over and over again. There is enough originality in the songs to separate him from other guys in his field like Ryan Cabrerra. The lyrics are intelligent and not just some pop nonsense. The start of the CD starts out with songs like Tomorrow’s Velvet Sky which has a more upbeat feel to it and it goes to songs based mostly around the acoustic guitar.

The instrument work on this album is very good. There is nothing it lacks, very diverse use of the guitar from acoustic rhythms to wailing electric solos. Everything is very tight and put together well.

Louis’ vocals are hard to pigeon hole into one genre. While it’s obvious that he has the pop voice but there is also a tinge of something in his voice that just indicates his range.

This is a very good album, Especially if you’re into Ryan Cabrerra and My Rocket Summer. Expect this kid to be all over T.V. and Radio soon. - TheHVScene.com

"OneShotBooking statement"

“Louis James is a rising star, his performances are amazing. Listen to his music and buy his CD, it is worth it.” - OneShotBooking.com

"Euphonia Online.net So Unreal - Review"

Before you look at the album cover in disdain, listen to the first 30 seconds of the first song, and dismiss Louis James as a run-of-the-mill wannabe (like I almost did), there is something you should know: this guy is 18 years old. That’s not much older than most of the people that will be reading this review. During an argument over whether or not cheerleading was a sport, my history teacher remarked, “I can’t flip and dance and jump around for an entire football game… I don’t have that spirit or stamina. There’s no way I could do what you guys do. Who am I to criticize?”
Louis James has been compared frequently to The Rocket Summer, which I think is a bit unfair, given that Bryce Avary has been being godly for about eight years and running. Then take into consideration that Bryce recently released his second full-length album, whereas So Unreal is Louis’ seven-song debut. Yeah… more than a bit unfair. Now, however, compare Louis to most 18-year-olds you know who write and play their own music, have recently released their first album, and are currently touring the southwest, and you’ll see why I went from being harshly critical to quite impressed.
The songs are fresh and fun with a sharp acoustic edge. The acoustic guitar is strategically substituted in where heavy guitar may also have been used; this makes the song lighter, more summery. Yes, they’re love songs, but they’ve got more depth than anything you’ll hear played at a high school dance, which something you can’t say about every band on the front page of Purevolume these days. The lyrics are straightforward and poetic, simply and saccharinely so. The keyboards, percussion, and synths come together smoothly to add pizzazz to the fast songs. Any notions or hesitations you may have about sitting yourself down to listen to and really enjoy the slow songs (boring and unfulfilling as you may have already labeled them in your mind) are dispelled with the sheer quality of Louis’ heartfelt singing and strumming. This album is the sort of thing I’d love to have playing on my car’s ancient speakers while I drive to the beach with my windows down. The songs give off this pleasant, squishy, first-day-of-vacation vibe, and you come away from listening feeling really refreshed and bright-eyed.
And just think, this is only his debut! Give him a year or two to catch up, and I’m sure Louis will be giving Bryce a run for his money, if he’s not already opening for him or on the same record label. Louis is a fresh, welcomed face among the somber, screaming, mass-produced bands that have been running amuck lately. He embodies potential and if he keeps up the great, hard work he’s already put into So Unreal, I’m sure he’ll have no problem making a name for himself in the near future.
A.A. '06 - Euphonia Online.net

"Louis James, So Unreal (2005)"

If someone were to count the number of male solo artists in Southern California who pump out poppy rock songs faster than teenagers pump out pimples, the end result will be a number slightly larger than the number of bacteria living on your pillowcase.Their sound is just as infectious.
However, most of these acoustic guitar-strumming boys never make it past playing during lunch at their high school.

The difference between them and Louis James is the risks he is willing to take with each song on his album. In just seven songs, James achieves seven different sounds while still tying them together in a package that will be accepting to most open ears. His voice has a striking resemblance to how Our Lady Peace singer, Raine Maida, might have sounded in his younger days, and this combined with familiar, yet original guitar and piano rock holds a promising future for Louis James.

- XO Publicity


So Unreal 2006


Feeling a bit camera shy


"Catchy,fun,contagious,Southern California pop- rock"-cdbaby.com. Young 20 year old San Diego Talent Louis James is set for big things in the industry of Entertainment. By winning awards such as the 2006 Southern California Music Award for 'best pop punk artist of the year" and continuously selling out shows, Louis is rapidly headed to a career of stardom. His Debut E.P. entitled "Louis James - So Unreal" is now available worldwide at prestige stores including Tower Records, iTunes, Verizon Wireless, Yahoo Music and BestBuy to name a few. Louis has been recently working on his new album with Grammy Award winning producer James Galves who has worked with big names including Frankie J, Alicia Villareal and the Kumbia Kings. Major labels James has worked with include Columbia Records, Sony/BMG, EMI and Universal. Devoting endless time to his love and passion, music, "Louis James is definitely going big places". -TheHvScene.com