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4.0 out of 5 stars A little known treat, 2 Aug 2001
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This was James' second album, where the band had their original four man line up. It very different sound to that of their later and far more widely known efforts of the 1990s. This album has a very distinctive folksey style which is apparent on every single track. Although the sound is not as quite as delightfully full bodied as their more recent albums, it still has James written all over it.
The first track "What for" is an energetic upbeat opener, possibly the most commercial sounding song on the album and sets a high standard for the what follows. Happily this standard is kept up throughout the entire ablum, with an energy that keeps the listener constantly interested.
The second song, "Charlie Dance", is a real treat. A good tune, clear and very funny lyrics. For example the lines about cows, "Don't moo anymore but i'm sure they're not dead/Don't chew anymore but they're surely not dead."
Perhaps the best track of all is "Medieval", a song with a very strong political point about the Vietnam war. Tim Booth's voice is echoic, lucid and scornful all at the same time. The perfect singer for this kind of song. "Those men he thought were friends turned out to be the enemy".
The album is full of great lyrics, such as "I'm afraid to feel, so my life feels unreal" of the track "Are you ready"
Although this album may not be James' greatest effort, it is a constant delight to listen to. The lyrics are constantly intelligent, unorthodox, always ammusing and in places unashamedly political. The tunes are simple yet very effective, up-beat and full energy without undermining the profound message that some of the songs carry. All in all, it is a fantastically well crafted piece of work which will appeal to people unfamiliar with the band and hardened fans alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars memory lane, 9 Oct 2012
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It could be that i am now older, but this album is better than almost anything around today. I understand that it is all subjective, and today's music will be heralded by this generation in twenty years as "better than today's" music. Sadly, i do feel that music from the 80's and 90's maybe the last time that songs with melody, rhythm and audible lyrics were created. Well i will get of my soap box now and say that this is a great album ans worth a listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 27 Jun 2014
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love the tunes, lyrics, the lot
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good 'old' James, 1 April 2011
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I've always loved early James stuff so I'm biased to start with.
It's well worth buying just for the track 'Medieval' which is just brillo!
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5.0 out of 5 stars James' Best LP, 17 Feb 2012
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This LP was realeased when James were absolutely MASSIVE in manchester yet relatively ignored everywhere else. For me this is when they were at their peak. They were at the crossroads between the more experimental Stutter and the more commercial Gold Mother period.The Lp opens with What For; a total anthem that rang aout around many mancunian venues around that time.This track should have made them stars. Apart from What For, other stand out tracks for me were Medieval and Are You Ready. The Lp is built around fantastic bass and drums which float light as a feather under almost African Hi-life guitars.Tim Booth's lyrics were a mix between the enigmatic and very up front statements about the state of the world. Great to see that James are still doing it all these years later. If you like this, track down down the FANTASTIC live LP One Man Clapping from around this period. It showcases just how great James were at this time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One song makes this album worthwhile, 11 May 2003
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I first heard this album when I was 18. It's now 12 years on and after many, many albums later I still find myself singing the last song on this album, 'Strip mine'. It's a haunting and empty song but so filled with feeling from Booth's vocals.
The rest of the album is good, if a little dated (whaddya expect, it's 2003) but 'Strip mine' is timeless.
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5.0 out of 5 stars CD, 11 Jan 2011
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Product great...pity about the delay in receipt. Understand the snow problems but products stuck in PO North West Distribution centre for 2 weeks awaiting delivery.Finally received in January not very good for a Christmas present.
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