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|1. Got The Shakes|
|2. Dust Motes|
|3. Tell Her I Said So|
|5. Rabbit Hole|
|6. Make For This City|
A more reflective, sonically spacious, Eno-assisted period followed, garnering them a further smattering of hits along the way and birthing explorative, ambient detours like 1994’s Wah Wah, although few would have been surprised when, after a brief, fin de siècle rally, Tim Booth and co knocked the band on the head in 2001. They re-emerged in 2007, as the likes of Coldplay and Elbow were wooing millions with versions of the same sensitive, agonised rock that James had patented a decade-and-half before, the very same millions who largely ignored their 2008, Hey Ma comeback album.
All of which almost brings us to The Morning After – actually the self-explanatory companion piece to a similar mini-album, The Night Before, released earlier this year. Comprising eight tracks and running to just over half-an-hour, it’s a crucible of stark arrangements, contemplative moods and subtle hooks; never earth-shattering yet consistently, discreetly affecting.
Opener Got the Shakes is a shimmering, almost bluesy slow-burn, while the ensuing Dust Motes is a tender caress; Larry Gott’s slide guitar and Tim Booth’s aerated falsetto vocal achieving luminous synergy over a simple piano figure; the lyrics nonetheless offering liberal doses of 5am existential angst ("There’s a vulture at the end of my bed / It thinks I’m dead"). While Rabbit Hole and Lookaway offer typically Jamesian mellifluousness, the nearest thing to an anthem here is Tell Her I Said So, an initially restrained disquisition on mortality built on icy, tremolo synths, basic indie-rock drums and Booth’s almost casual vocal that cedes to a Another Brick In the Wall-style kids’ choir intoning the mantra, "Here’s to a long life". It is, like much of The Morning After, unexpectedly poignant.--David Sheppard
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Whilst maybe not one of the most immediate of their albums (ie: it's not Laid) this is a considered and gently sloping album full of rich textures and rhythmns. Read morePublished on 3 Jan. 2012 by Mr. M. Winters
An excellent album, from an excellent James. Plenty of sing-along moments, blended with tender lyrics and tunes - James at their best.Published on 12 Dec. 2010 by sarah48016
second part of james' two mini albums.the first alot more upbeat and this is extremely chilled.some blinding tracks take you right back to the days of LAID...fantasticPublished on 18 Nov. 2010 by westy