I tried not to get too expectant with this, the last James album I bought was 'Seven' which was great, but since then, though the singles have remained strong, the albums have been slightly weak.
But when I listened to this it all came back to me. James are such a great band and Tim Booth has things to say, unlike most so-called songwriters!
The hooks are there, melodic choruses, everything! Tim Booth's lyrics are as descriptive and as wonderful as ever! I think it's a brilliant album.
though it's not perfect. I don't rate 'The Shining', 'Senorita' or 'What is it good for' as very much, but 10 out of 13 is not bad, today that is a superb ratio.
The highlights are of course 'Getting away with it', 'Falling down', the superb intro on 'English beefcake' makes it a good listen and 'Alaskan pipeline' is a beautiful track. There always seems to be one real gorgeous track on a James album. On 'Seven' it was 'Don't wait that long' on this album it's 'Alaskan pipeline'.
A must listen for any fans of creative and imaginative rock.