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La Petite Mort

1 Jun. 2014 | Format: MP3

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Do critics have it in for James?

A New Musical Express review for 'Millionaires' (a five star effort if ever there was one) described it as "not bad, not good, just deathly, endlessly average". The next album, 'Pleased To Meet You' was described by Andre Paine, in another NME review, as "a snort-worthy event" (Mr. Paine actually wrote that any artist releasing an 11th studio album deserves this reaction - so I guess he's not a fan of Bob Dylan, David Bowie or The Rolling Stones, to name but three).

'La Petite Mort' has been streaming on The Independent's web site for a few days now and the first reviews are being posted on anydecentmusic dot com. "Diffused with an over-eager commercial charge" writes Mojo magazine. What could that possibly mean? That James shouldn't enjoy making music? That they shouldn't aim to shift some units? No matter what they do, it seems as if James just can't win. The best antidote I can give to all this bile is to say that if you've liked most of what James have done in the past then you will find much to enjoy this time around.

That being said, when I first heard 'Frozen Britain' I wasn't that impressed. It's a song that couldn't be anyone else but, maybe for that reason, it left me somewhat underwhelmed. It was only when I saw the video of the acoustic version of 'Interrogation' that my ears perked up. It's one of the outstanding tracks here, one of the best tracks the band have ever made and would perhaps have been a better introduction to the album. I've since warmed to 'Frozen Britain' but prefer the songs where James stretch what they do into other areas. Tracks such as 'Curse Curse' and 'Gone Baby Gone' are dance music James style, they pull them off convincingly and both are also high points of the album.
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“Welcome to our coming of age.” A line from the opening song of this stunning album pretty much tells us where James are at right now. They have come of age and sound so at ease with what they are doing, the album plays out with a mixture of anthemic and reflective tunes. There are so many good tracks on this album, “Moving on” was a great choice for a single, Andy Diagram's trumpeting transforms this tune from being brilliant to being better than brilliant and it received the air play it deserved. 'Curse Curse' is a bit of a dance tune and is not very James, it definitely feels like a guilty pleasure track, I know I shouldn't really be liking it but you do end up loving it. 'Gone Baby Gone' is a clever mix of electronic sounds and guitar and will have you singing along after only a couple of listens. 'Frozen Britain', another upbeat track, this is probably one of the strongest tracks vocally and definitely has the classic James catchy chorus. A welcome respite comes in the form of 'Bitter Virtue', this is a lovely dreamy song that takes you away and will deliver you to a state of serenity if you let it. After a couple of Okay songs, the closing track is simply exquisite and a fitting end to a fine album. It is amazing when you think that this band has been around since 1982, Booth's vocals now are better than they've ever been and the music they churn out still entertains, inspires and amazes. How many other bands of similar age can do that? This is what makes James unique.
“See you next time” sings Tim Booth at the very end. We will see you, and on this form, the sooner the better.
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James' first new album since 2008's 'Hey Ma' is a welcome return from the indie band who are long since renowned for making irresistibly quirky, upbeat music. This is a chance for those younger ones who might only be familiar with their signature hit 'Sit Down' (as performed recently on TV's 'The One Show') to hear more from a band which has always had their own style, but aren't just reliant on past glories.

'La Petite Mort' is an uplifting album, produced by Max Dingel (of The Killers, White Lies and several others), and although there are all the elements of what James has always had, this is a ultimately a modern dance album with an electric mix of stunning sounds. I have a feeling that this is going to be the one that will rocket them back into the charts.

Some of the real highlights on the album face up to the recent death of lead singer Tim Booth's mother and his best friend. The final track, 'All I'm Saying' was written about the latter, and is obviously very poignant. Given the circumstances, the general theme of this album is mortality and questions many of life's mysteries. A few of the other tracks could even rival Coldplay, and as big a fan as I am of the latter, James' latest release is far superior to the new Coldplay record.

It might be a bit early for me to say that 'La Petite Mort' is one of the best releases in James' thirty year history, but it is certainly an instantly enjoyable album that seems like it's going to have a certain timeless appeal. Above all, it is the evidence that these guys are still relevant in the music industry, and a sign that they are not going away anytime soon.
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Having already heard several tracks from this album I was none too bothered about putting it straight on the turntable, postponing my first listen until the following day.

Next morning I casually pressed play expecting nothing out of the ordinary but then got a very agreeable shock. The first track Walk Like You got off to a steady, lyrically compelling start, but as it built vibrantly to it's crescendo of high falsettos, warbling chords, jangling guitars and blaring trumpets, all of a sudden it was WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW!!!

Fantastic, brilliant, amazing! I was hopping around our lounge like a demented dog - and I'm a 70y/o! By the end of WLY - all seven minutes of it - I was actually crying with joy and ecstacy, so thrilled to discover that James have somehow recaptured and canned everything I most adore about their upbeat sounds into one single track.

From there on all of the following tracks - including several I'd previously heard - took on a new, more intense cacophonic dimension that carried me along on a wave of euphoria all the way through to the end.

Doubtless in time I will come back down to accept a more measured, objective view of the album but for now there's no way I'm letting go of this wondrous, child-like feeling of awe and ecstacy!

James are back with a bang - with what could seriously turn out to be their best album yet.
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