The past isn’t done with you
The English Gentleman b-sides somewhat moved towards a more rocking direction and Days Slip Away isn’t an exception. In its heart it’s still the same melodic pop/rock as the majority of the Great Western era but the emphasis is shifted away from the backing vocals and somesuch while James riffs the guitar a bit more than in most of his solo tracks. Not everything’s changed – we’ve still got some handsome handclap action.
Days Slip Away has a strange sort of familiarity to it. It doesn’t remind me of any specific song but songs like these crop up fairly often from young guitar bands – as singles. And maybe it’s just my warped, fanboy-biased taste but I could see Days Slip Away work as an a-side: it has the right sort of drive to really work as a rock single, having it blast out from a car radio while speeding on the road, and so forth. The understatedly effective chorus works like a wonder with James’ falsetto sniper shot providing the big moment that the whole chorus revolves around.
If one were to create an EP out of Bradders’ b-sides, I’d probably choose Days Slip Away as its lead track.