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An album of constant change and contrast
on 12 May 2002
If James will be remembered as an underrated band, then this will always be their underrated album. I can't say it's understated though-this is full-blown James in every sense of the word. Loud yet meloncholy, camp yet sexy, it really is an album of contrasts.
The melodies are among the bands greatest, eash song plays with your every expectation (Play Dead and Lost A Friend especially). Then there's Booths lyrics: covering more themes than Laids raw emotion, here the focus shifts from relationships to sexuality (Homeboy), the environment (Greenpeace) and even suicide (Blue Pastures).
The album contains highlights in abundance, from the sexy, pop-drenched beauty of 'She's a Star', to the lyrically rich, optimistic 'Tomorrow' ('i see you falling, how long to go before you hit the ground? you keep on screaming: don't you see me here? am i a ghost to you?).
In perspective with their other albums, Whiplash falls just short of Laid and Millionaires, but far surpasses Gold Mother and even outshines the brilliant Seven.
A band in true contol of the sonic power they possess. Enjoy
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