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A strong and very consistent comeback. Superb!,
This review is from: Hey Ma (Audio CD)
Comeback albums can always have that air of 'better times are in the past' about them. 'Hey Ma' - James' first album in over 6 years is a very rare creature in the 'comeback' zone - it sounds energetic, full of fresh ideas and contains a consistent collection of great tunes / arrangements. Tracks like the opening 'Bubbles', the title track and 'I wanna go home' are anthemic. These guys aren't recording this on a yacht in the Bahamas or at their £50m mansion somewhere in the Swiss Alps - these guys sound as angry and enthusiastic as ever. I am not a huge James fan but have to say this is probably the best 'comeback' album I have heard in many years. There are a lot of influences here over and above James themselves - Bowie, U2, a bit of Ray Davies in the vocal style. Truly excellent. Ignore the duff reviews - they are missing the point. This will be one of the best albums of 2008 when we look back in December.
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Initial post: 17 Apr 2008 09:47:30 BDT
Last edited by the author on 17 Apr 2008 09:47:45 BDT
"These guys aren't recording this . . . at their £50m mansion somewhere in the Swiss Alps" - Weeell - it was recorded at the Warzy Chateau in France which, if it isn't a £50m mansion is probably somewhere in the ballpark. But that shouldn't take away, at all, from what is a marvellous record.
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