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  • Audio CD (1 Jun 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Cadiz Music Ltd
  • ASIN: B001TAND54
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 73,491 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. This Could Be The Day 4:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Darkstar 4:53£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Strange Flowers 3:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. The Hallowing Touch 5:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. My Father's Coat 9:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The Bay At The Nape Of Your Neck 5:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Lake Louise 5:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Is This The Kiss? 3:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Can't Beat The Music 4:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Scarecrow Song 4:59£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Catherine Burns 1:20£0.79  Buy MP3 

Product Description

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James Grant returns with Strange Flowers, his most upbeat record since Love And Money's legendary Strange Kind of Love.

More of a full blown band affair than the introspective Holy Love, another phenomenal collection of songs begins with the sweeping strings of This Could Be The Day and goes on to eclectically cover topics such as vampires (Strange Flowers), how Satan was perhaps the first solo artiste (Can't Beat The Music) and features as its centrepiece the epic My Father's Coat.

There are shades of Scott Walker, John Martyn, John Barry and 70s' soul but the voice, the inimitable lyrical twists and turns and blistering guitar playing are absolute James Grant.

Filled with uncommon candour, passion and dexterity, Strange Flowers reaffirms his reputation as one of the finest singer songwriters and performers there is and will undoubtedly be one of the albums of 2009.


Sumptuous affairs full of dense, rich imagery...a voice that owes much to Scott Walker, plus the occasional furious guitar solo, and the sum of its parts add up to a scandalously neglected talent - **** -- R2 - September/October 2009

Widescreen strings ornament the breezy groove of This Could Be The Day , and closing elegy Catherine Burns is a deftly turned thing of grace - ****
--MOJO, July 2009

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By S Jones on 26 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
Four years after his somewhat downbeat and introspective album "Holy Love", former Love and Money frontman James Grant returns with what ought to be his most commercially successful offering yet.

The album opens with the anthemic "This Could Be The Day" and continues to show Grant's ability to write great tunes with powerful and literate lyrics, with catchy songs like "Dark Star" and "Lake Louise", and the funky "Can't Beat The Music", balanced with tender love songs like "The Bay At the Nape of Your Neck" and "Is this the Kiss?". His repertoire is further shown with the epic "My Father's Coat", which deals with the same introspective themes as the previous album but which ends with can only be described as a rock guitar solo worthy of featuring in Guitar Hero.

Ever the showman, he leaves us wanting more with the beautiful 90 seconds of "Catherine Burns".

This album has been available from James' own website since February, and has generated a great deal of excitement among his admittedly partisan fanbase. But with very positive reviews in the music media, this could be the album that brings him back into the public spotlight
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Mc Cann on 24 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
When james grant is good, he is very good, when he is bad, he is still better than all the rest.

On this album he is exceptional!

Back with a full band and being upbeat ( as upbeat as the man gets) he has produced an album of execptional music. he has always stated that his music is music is music for people who really listen to music and this is just that... the nuances and giutar playing on this album is exceptional and the songwriting!! man the songwriting from one of the most under rated songwriters in music is beautiful. leaving the listener wanting more with the sublime 'catherine burns' is a master stroke.

from the opening joyous 'This could be the day' to the epic 'My fathers coat' this is an album for music lovers.

I loved 'Holy Love' and thought he would never equal that album but he has.. james grant is a rare musician who just gets better with age.

You really need this album in your collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Simon J. Hill on 4 Jun 2009
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It's been five years since the quiet sombre offering of Holy Love, excellent as that was I felt there was something missing. If you were a fan of the band Love and Money in the mid to late eighties then you will know how capable James Grant is of putting together fine melodic tunes. I'm happy to reveal that the melodies are back which are more reminiscent to the aforementioned band's past output.

'This Could Be The Day' is gloriously catchy, sung with one of the best voices in the business and should be the lead single to advertise this work. The musicians involved are Donald Shaw of Capercaillie (Keyboards), Ewan Vernal of Deacon Blue (Bass) and James MacKintosh & Che Beresford (Drums). Together they make a great sound.
'Darkstar' is sounding along the same lines as 'Looking For Angeline'
'Strange Flowers' having been available on the website since February is a short simple song which has infectious vocals from his two backing singers Monica Queen & Karen Matheson.
'The Hallowing Touch' is a slow ballady type of song with a country flavour.
'My Father's Coat' is the resident classic with some impressive guitar solo's, over 9 minutes long and the subject matter speaks for itself. Having lost my father the song is quite emotional for me.
'The Bay At The Nape Of Your Neck' is an excellent tune, full of twangy guitar, very infectious with a superb string arrangement.
'Lake Louise' and 'Is This The First Kiss' are regular melodic tunes with the latter having a small hint of 'Littledeath'
'Can't Beat The Music' toys with a funky beat and a 70's boogie rhythm guitar.
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