A dark, meticulously-layered 14-year project featuring bilingual lyrics and eclectic instruments. With 17 tracks, the debut is one-man-band James's magnum opus, drawing comparisons with The Cure, Pink Floyd and A Perfect Circle.
GOTHIC BEAUTY, Oregon
One of the better albums I have heard in some time now, and that is no exaggeration...WELL worth the wait...these are certainly the most earnest and articulate lyrics of what I've seen lately. Highly recommended. - Jessika
MALICE RADIO, Pennsylvania
The Next Pink Floyd…I was transfixed through the entire album…It was at some point in [I’ll Never Leave] that I started to cry.
, New York
AJ’s vocal delivery can be very emotionally penetrating. Only a really anthracite soul would fail to be touched.
GRAVE CONCERNS, New York
Melancholy and emotive...like a darker, goth-tinged version of early Peter Gabriel, progressive but catchy enough to attract a broad range of fans. - Matthew Johnson
Das Gift creates truly heartfelt, crushing songscapes that are beautiful and luscious. His vision is meticulous and miraculous. - Sean Cook
"The instrumentation on this album is rich, and varies from piano to guitar, violin and bass....The cover artwork is wonderful."
DJ INFAM0US of REGEN MAGAZINE, Arkansas
Brings back the roots of Goth with a cathedral rock feel, dark poetic lyrics with a very personal feel, and well-pronounced down tempo beats.
TOM WOOD of MAGIC 105 FM, Arkansas
"Das Gift" stands out among the new music I've heard this year because of the strangely appealing combination of layered heaviness and strong melodies that float above the atmosphere that is created.
SYNC MAGAZINE, Arkansas
Das Gift fights against a watered-down music industry...the mundane music that populates the FM dial. - Shea Stewart
released November 25, 2006
© and ℗ 2004 by Adrian Reuel James. All Rights Reserved. Written
& Performed by Adrian James. Recorded & Engineered by Ray Brooks & Nathan Ritter @ Crystal Studio, Bryant, AR. Mixed by Ray Brooks, Nathan Ritter with Adrian James. Produced by Adrian James. Mastered by Brad Blackwood @ Euphonics Mastering, Memphis, TN. Photography by Amy Bennett. Design by Adrian James.