James Bay and Julia Michaels has finally released their long awaited single ‘Peer pressure’, today. From the title of the track one already could tell that elements of falling in love and being under the spell of the one you’re crushing on. I’m not claiming its cliché, but rather expected from both the singer, comparing of course to their prior released songs. Individually the both singers are absolutely talented and they have joined forces with their first collaborated single ‘Peer Pressure’. James Bay made a comeback last year with a new sound and image on his sophomore record Electric Light with the brilliant singles ‘Wild Love’ and ‘Pink Lemonade‘. Commercially it might not have been as successful as his debut, but it did land him a spot in A Bit of Pop Music‘s top 20 albums of 2018!
Lyrically, as I mentioned in the first paragraph, it’s obvious that the song revolves around not being able to resist a love interest. “I usually don’t give into peer pressure, but I’ll give into yours”, the two belt out. ‘We’ve all been there where, constantly fall all over and can’t resist the temptation surround our love interest. I would say it is quite predictable coming from the both extremely talented singers.But the British singer song writer moves fast though, releasing this single with the one and only Julia Michaels sends a message to fans that he is making a comeback. Many of James Bay’s heaps amount of collaborations notably from the past few years, with Clean Bandit, Lauv, Niall Horan and Selena Gomez, has done great. The release of Peer Pressure alone is definitely more of a James Bay featuring Julia Michael’s affair than a pure duet. At the same moment it’s almost of a reminiscent of the style on his debut than his recent work. ‘Peer Pressure’ is a well-written piece of singer-songwriter pop with a slow burning build up and a satisfying climax. The track perfectly portrayed the different sides of Bay’s stunning vocals we hear the more raw ad libs in the chorus, while he shows off the higher register in the verses and bridge.
Nevertheless Peer Pressure’ is a beautiful song with hit potential that might bring the potentially alienated fans of James Bay’s earlier work back on board. It is track worth listening to, especially if you are a fan of both James Bay and Julia Michaels, they do know how to pull on your heart strings, with a mixture of that familiar feeling of innocent falling into peer pressure and unable to resist a love interest.