It’s been a year since The Vamps dropped the first half of their ‘Night And Day’ album, ‘Night Edition’. Last Friday they released the ‘Day Edition’, allowing fans to finally hear the entire double album in full.
As if The Vamps haven’t already proven they’re savvy businessmen as well as very talented musicians, they’ve taken a leaf from KPop’s book and released not just the ‘Day Edition’, but also editions from each band member, featuring the 15 standard album tracks, plus an additional 3 tracks each. It’s a genius move, and should prove a hit with hardcore fans.
From the start the group said that this album would be a more mature offering to their past releases, expressing how they’ve grown in their lives and in their musical style, and it certainly does this. Lyrically the tracks touch on issues that 20-somethings would be going through: the struggles between youth and becoming a “sensible adult”; love, requited and unrequited. In fact, the song titles form a concept, going from meeting the girl (‘Just My Type’), having doubts (‘Too Good To Be True’ – featuring Spanish DJ and producer Danny Avila, and Machine Gun Kelly rapping), a Romeo and Juliet moment (‘What Your Father Says’), right through to maybe breaking up (‘Time Is Not On Our Side’), and looking back on what they’d had (‘Pictures Of Us’).
There’s a lot of collaborations as well, with The Vamps doing another one of those things they do so well – providing a platform for artists that might not be so familiar to their audience. For the ‘Night Edition’ they collaborated with TINI (on ‘It’s A Lie’) and Sabrina Carpenter (‘Hands’), as well as introduced their fans to their new EDM/dance direction, writing ‘Middle Of The Night’ with Danish DJ Martin Jensen. This time we’re treated to tracks such as ‘Personal’ with Maggie Lindemann, the aforementioned ‘Too Good To Be True’ with Machine Gun Kelly and Danny Avila, and ‘Cheap Wine’, with Dutch trio Kris Kross Amsterdam, who will likely be best known in the UK for their collaborations with Conor Maynard, most recently the track ‘Whenever’, where they were joined by Boy Next Door. There’s further collaborations in the member editions: the ‘James Day Edition’ features Lindsay Ell on ‘Stumble Home’; ‘Tristan Day Edition’ includes a track with The Vamps protégés, New Hope Club, ‘My Life’.
Overall, it’s a dance-y sort of album, with a few anthemic tracks thrown in for good measure. ‘For You’ is possibly the highlight of the whole record, while ‘Time Is Not On Our Side’ comes in for special mention. Fans and non fans alike will enjoy the album: it’s not like the their previous releases but it does exactly what they set out to do, show The Vamps as the mature artists they are.
‘Night And Day’ (Day Edition) by The Vamps, is available now from all major music suppliers. Buy the special editions from their official website.
The Vamps kick off their Four Corners UK & Ireland 2019 Tour on Saturday 27th April at Plymouth’s Pavilions, and then spend the next 5 weeks visiting all corners of the UK before wrapping the dates in Bournemouth on 1st June. Tickets go on sale Saturday 28th July at 10am – for more information and to buy tickets, please visit their official website. The Vamps will be joined on the tour by pop-rock trio New Hope Club (all dates) and rising star HRVY (*selected dates).