It's impossible to listen to "The Night Before", without the companion, and second part "The Morning After". The two work together as a whole, light/dark, yin/yang, Buzz/Woody. The first part - "The Night Before" is, as much as there can be, a joyous, loud James : and, at the same time, it's companion piece, the sequel "The Morning After" - is the hangover. "The Morning After" is a more subdued affair, filled with the kind of quiet, contemplation that are the nearest thing you can get to quietly having a bacon sandwich and hoping the cat doesn't thunder into the room. Experiencing one without the other is a false economy.
However, a black mark must be raised against James, for placing five bonus tracks (almost all equal to anything on these releases), only on their website, or iTunes, or as part of a unlockable exclusive multimedia bonus tracks you can only get with a copy of the CD inside your computer drive. That means that unless I buy each release twice, I'm missing at least two songs. Thanks : I thought the people who buy your records were worth more than that.