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The Night Before [Enhanced, EP]

James Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (19 April 2010)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced, EP
  • Label: Mercury
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,016 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. It's Hot
2. Crazy
3. Ten Below
4. Porcupine
5. Shine
6. Dr Hellier
7. Hero
8. Weblink

Product Description

BBC Review

James gained notoriety in the early 90s with student-pleasing sing-alongs such as the ubiquitous Sit Down, and earned a reputation for selling more t-shirts than records. Given that merchandising makes more money than records these days, they could have gone on to make a fortune from clothing lines. Instead they enlisted the help of Brian Eno, who accentuated the space and atmosphere at the heart of their songs with great success, particularly on Laid (1993) and Whiplash (1997). After the fanfare of a farewell tour in 2001, they reformed for the release of Hey Ma in 2008. James is an oft-misunderstood band and The Night Before, a mini-album of seven songs, won’t clear up any confusion. It’s deliberately curtailed, with a partner record (The Morning After) to follow later in the year, but such a short run time finds the constituent pieces failing to fully gel. The opener, It’s Hot, nods to Joy Division, albeit with a woozy charm in keeping with its title – it’s a pleasant grower. Crazy, the lead single, provides passable radio fodder and reflects James’ tendency to sound like U2, although on its “c-c-cr-crazy” chorus vocalist Tim Booth sounds like a man in pursuit of the correct spelling. His barroom philosophy is never more pronounced than when dealing with politics, such as Dr Hellier’s excruciating Iraq War history lesson. In their best moments James can echo the dream-pop of Cocteau Twins, a side presented here with the touching slide guitar of the chorus-less Porcupine. It’s a shame this subtlety is soon pushed aside by a tedious blokeishness missing from their previous records, such as on Shine’s mid-tempo tirade against the rich. The record is rescued somewhat by the reflective groove of Ten Below, which recalls days of wearing headphones in bed listening to John Peel’s show. But it’s not enough.   Strangely for a band once keen to pursue experimentation, the reconvened James sounds too comfortable. They are one of the country’s best live bands, which is probably where these songs will find the life that is often lacking here. They have created luminescent music in the past, and are likely to do so again, but many will find it hard to connect with this collection. --Tom Hocknell

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CD Mercury, 2730015, 2010 7 Track

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A great band evolves 10 May 2010
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The negative reviews of this album - all be it personal choices - make me wonder if I've been listening to the same (mini) album/band. I've loved James since I was in my teens in the early 90s.
What I like about James and I'll be more specific about this release shortly is the way they have changed and matured....early days lyric: "An earwig crawled into my ear, made a meal of the wax...." To "dr helier says that my body's Afghanistan and we can't let the Taliban...." and "I'm not crazy I'm just laughing at myself" etc. If you know these songs I don't need to go on and on.
The point is that James have had the ability to move me on most of their albums - the last two Hey Ma and The Night are up with the best - including my personal favourite Seven.
To the nitty gritty:

It's Hot - 7/10
Crazy - 9/10
Ten Below 10/10
Porcupine 6/10
Shine 8/10
Dr helier 9/10
Hero 8/10

Tim Booth has a voice and a passion that comes across in these songs -I was cynical when he rejoined James after the 2001 split but he still has the ability to send a shiver down my spine backed by a bunch of great musicans in touch with their own sensitivity. But they are still fun and entertaining just in a more mature and measured way. I hope I see them on tour.
In short, a worthy addition to their discography from a massive - ongoing fan.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful 27 May 2010
Format:MP3 Download
I am a long term James fan. Some of the albums Ive liked some but not all tracks. I really enjoy every one on this mini album. All good quality. This is a good album for james fans. Can't wait for the 'second half' at the end of the year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars like a vintage wine..... 21 May 2010
Format:Audio CD
If you like James then buy this album, if you've never heard them before then buy this album. James just get better and better, Hey Ma was a classic after a period in the wilderness and this follows perfectly. I look forward to hearing the follow up EP in August. Best songs for me have to be Ten Below, Porcupine and Shine. Buy it and you won't be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic, fearless and free 29 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
Once again listening to these new songs, I am transported back to that place when I first got caught up in the magic of james sound. It's authentic, creative and has a lack of self-consciousness. It IS.
It's a sound for the listener to escape back to...everytime I listen to a new james record it helps me escape my exile here in Modernity.

You will not be disappointed, you will derive much aural pleasure.

And the bass is always sooooo good on james records, ever noticed?
And Tim Booth's vocals? Wonderful.
Lyrics? Better than ever
Larry? Sexy
Saul? Raaaaas
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars They're peaking ---- again !!! 31 Mar 2010
Format:Audio CD
If anyone had any doubts about Hey Ma and that fantastic tour that followed, they can't complain about this 'mini' album - the first of two to be released. The track Crazy is sublime and reminiscent of the dizzy heights back in the early 90's -definately the stand out track on this collection. However, I would '4star' any of the others which are all equally strong - 'Its Hot' is fantastic and Dr Hellier is inspired.
Make No Mistake, this band is not making a gesture at a comeback - they are well and truly Here Again.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars james never loose their magic 16 Jun 2010
By lozette
Format:Audio CD
love, love, love it! james have been just amazin since their return (hey ma rocks!) and this mini album is no exception. lookin forward to part 2
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 27 Jun 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
love it
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5.0 out of 5 stars James still going strong 17 Jan 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Ive not listened to James for a long time and came across the sister album to The Night Before (called The Morning After) in a CD sale last summer. I liked that so much that I decided to buy this one as well and I have not been disappointed. There are some great songs on here, really good arrangements and melodies, particular highlights for me being Porcupine and Shine. It just shows that after nearly 30 years in the business, James can still churn out some great songs. Add this to your music collection, you won't be disappointed.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Imperfect Sense
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. Read more
Published on 4 Oct 2010 by Mr. M. A. Reed
4.0 out of 5 stars KING JAMES THE FIRST
The greatest band to come out of Manchester return with a fine cd packed with ttuneful anthemic songs,James know their market well and this (addmitadly short)cd is a blast of power... Read more
Published on 13 Sep 2010 by Finbar the looney
5.0 out of 5 stars JAMES ARE BEAUTIFUL!
Published on 27 May 2010 by Jose Marcos Paulino
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
what a great come back cd from james this is there best stuff since 7 , so if you like james this has got to be on your wish list.
Published on 20 May 2010 by R. hills
5.0 out of 5 stars Mind-blowing and utterly incredible!
This 'mini' album is amazing, even better then 'Hey Ma' which was a great comeback for the band. The Night Before is a great release and it shows how people can relate to the... Read more
Published on 12 May 2010 by L Chown
5.0 out of 5 stars A Heavenly Half - Hour
James have always been a great little band but time isn't everybody's friend.
Mostly they have carried their fans along with them. Others were left behind. Read more
Published on 24 April 2010 by The Wolf
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