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The Morning After CD

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  • Audio CD (6 Sept. 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
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The Morning After is the aptly-titled companion record to The Night Before mini-album that James released earlier in 2010, and presents a totally different side to the band. It is a colelction of eight songs with a low key campfire feel to them, with lyrics as bleak as James have recorded: topics range from alcoholism ("Got the Shakes") and death ("Tell Her I Said So") to to extra-marital affairs ("Kaleidoscope"). There are sing-along moments, however, most notably in seventh track "Look Away".

BBC Review

Manchester’s James have always been an anomalous pop phenomenon. Initially too idiosyncratic and uncompromising to fit even on as libertarian an imprint as Factory Records, for whom they made their debut in 1983, and always too insular and awkward to give hometown contemporaries The Smiths sleepless nights, when they did eventually hit chart pay dirt, at the turn of the 90s, it was with their distinctive t-shirt range as much as a line in empathetic, route one anthems.

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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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By M. T. J. ANDERTON on 5 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
James fans have been pretty lucky this year, plenty of dates across the UK, Europe, Festivals and an upcoming tour of North America and Mexico and of course two mini-albums the 2nd of which is what is being reviewed.

The first album "The Night Before" took over from where Hey Ma - the first reunion album left off. It was a very enjoyable mainly uptempo record with some of James' best work, particularly the likes of Porcupine and Dr Hellier. It was well documented at the time of the release of that record in May that the follow-up "The Morning After" would be a more low-key affair. As it turns out this is true in the main. Tim Booth has spoke in some detail about how when they record there are a number of slower songs that always get left out as many of their albums aside from Laid are mainly uptempo affairs. The rough plan was to have an album of these slower, more thoughtful songs.

Opener 'Got The Shakes' gets us off to an interesting start with quite a rough vocal from Tim imagining he's an alcoholic who has just beaten his wife and begging forgiveness. The song sounds almost like a headache you may have after a heavy night on "too much gravy" as Tim sings. It ends in quite an experimental manner with Tim shouting "Don't mess with the thunder" and a backing mantra that is hard really to put into words.

'Dust Motes' is familiar to those who saw some recent live shows as they have been playing this regularly in sets, even during festivals. The first half is mainly Tim, a sombre piano and a Laid-era slide guitar. The song seems to be about the bitterness that sets in when one has been left by a partner "I'll forgive you...if you die". The second half of the song picks up the pace and the drums kick in as the bitterness turns to anger.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Yes the 80`s were best! on 9 Sept. 2010
Format: Audio CD
I dont know what James have been on since they re-banded but I wouldnt mind some of it.They reformed for Hey Ma which was good, then released The Night Before which was excellent and now this which is pretty damned good as well.
If you ever liked James or are new to them check this out, you might just love it. Puts a lot of new bands to shame if you ask me.
I really love Rabbit Hole on here, the last third is full of poignancy, really quite moving as most of the songs indeed are.
As with the last album there is no flab present just great songs.Highly recommended..
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. D. Downing on 2 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
Having always enjoyed James'' singles I'd never been suitably impressed to buy an album, until now.
"The Morning After" was recommended by a friend and being in need of something different I thought, "Why not?"

I am suitably impress. Every track is a mini masterpiece, each touching lyric resonant of past experiences and current reflection.
A number of reviews refer to James in the same vein as Coldplay and Elbow - don't believe them. This grown up music is several planes higher than the faux adolescent angst served up by the aforementioned.

Mixed and engineered to perfection.

A beautiful, mature and welcome antidote to the EX Factored z celeb popular culture that is pumped into our world 24/7.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. A. Reed TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Oct. 2010
Format: Audio CD
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.
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This is the second of two mini-albums James released last year with the first being the aptly titled "The Night Before". Where that album found James churning out a familiar clutch of upbeat and intelligently crafted rock/pop songs "The Morning After" finds them in an altogether more delicate, sombre and experimental mood. Much like the notion of going clubbing and recovering from a hangover the next day so er, in essence this is the "hangover" LP. It could also be argued that due to how the band wrote this album it is remarkably similar to Wah Wah from 1994 but a great deal more focussed so don't let that comparison put you off.

I have heard that the band's plan was to tour "The Night Before" and then straight after head back into the studio to craft "The Morning After" with a deadline of only weeks. Allegedly, the band had most of the music written but vocalist Tim Booth set himself the task of constructing the lyrics during the recording sessions rather than having anything preconceived. An ambitious approach for any band really and refreshing in a world of "X Factor" and deeply contrived pop music.

The closest track resembling a "single" and indeed probably the most instrumentally lush song here is "Lookaway" - a good "in" for new listeners to the album and wouldn't have sounded out of place on one of their old Best Ofs. It was also one of the tracks the band streamed for free on Facebook back when the mini-album was announced. Other highlights I have found include "Dust Motes", "Rabbit Hole" and "Make For This City". Indeed, "Make For This City" is the band once again sounding vaguely U2-ish but minus the obvious pomp and ego of Bono and co.
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