On The Hardest Part, Oliver James is able to make a hauntingly beautiful track that needs little more than echoing vocals and a strummed acoustic to make huge waves. There are nods here to the alt-rock of the late 1990s as well as earlier traditions like The Smiths. Beautiful strings are weaved throughout The Hardest Part, imbuing the effort with a richness that will fulfill fans long after the song ceases to play. The double duty that Jmaes does here – establishing a taut narrative and adding further complexity to the instrumental side of the song – further hammers homer how versatile a performer he is.
Oliver James – The Hardest Part / Domain /