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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

'Help comes, when you need it most'
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In 1997, Manchester formed indie band James released what might very well have been their greatest studio album at the time. 'Whiplash', with Brian Eno once again in the role of producer, is a blast from start to finish, and spawned three hit singles, the feel-good tune 'She's A Star', the wonderfully optimistic 'Tomorrow', and the slower, spiritual 'Waltzing Along', which are worth the price of this album alone.

Aside from those radio-friendly hits, there is lots more to offer on the largely psychedelic 'Whiplash', and very little in the way of filler (aside from 'Go to the Bank' and the Sixties-isque 'Watering Hole' which are unessential). The Smiths-like 'Lost A Friend' could very easily have become a fourth smash had it been issued as a single, 'Go to the Bank' and 'Play Dead' are infectious, electronic-dance tunes, and in contrast, the bleak 'Blue Pastures', the final track on the album, is a thing of genuine beauty.

I have long since been a fan of James, but I particularly enjoy 'Whiplash' which not only contains some of the band's best hits from the Nineties, but also some very meaningful lyrics which will self-help and inspire people who are going through difficult periods of their life, as well as a few straight-forward upbeat gems designed just to make you feel good. It's a very diverse record which uses a variety of interesting arrangements, and very commercial for the time.

For fans of Britpop legends like Oasis and Blur, as well as arena-rock bands like U2, the still underappreciated James slide comfortably between the two genres. As I always say, if you think 'Sit Down' is all there really is to these boys, then treat yourself to one of their studio albums to get the much bigger picture.
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on 21 August 2000
This really is right up there with Laid (and the best of, obviously) in the title for best James album. It's easy to see where they had come from with this; Watering Hole could easily have been on Laid, Lost A Friend has Gold Mother written all over it and Tomorrow is almost big enough for Seven. Avalanche currently holds 4th place in my list of favourite James tracks (behind Sit Down, Born Of Frustration and Just Like Fred Astaire), with Go To The Bank coming a close fifth.
If you like the stuff off the Best Of, you could certainly do worse than this for another James album. This really is brilliant.
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on 6 October 1999
This is the band that has brought us great album like 'Seven andGoldmother'. This album is full of keyboards and guitar melodies, which form electricity within their songs. Songs like 'She's a Star' will stick in your head for days as Tim Booth's vocals will ring and ring in your head for days. There are some other good songs on the album such as 'Lost a Friend and Avalanche' which are not ground breaking but more of a look at what they used to do back in the old days of there previous albums.
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on 12 December 2000
I can't believe how well this album is put together. It begins with the soul-stirring "Tommorow" and moves onto the almost reflective "Lost A Friend". "She's A Star" is the best track on this album and stands up there with "Sit Down" as the best James anthems. The songs like "Go To The Bank" grow on you, even though they feel un-Jamesy at first. You have to marvel at such a unique band with Tim's unique vocals, James never fade away...
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on 11 January 2009
Next to Seven (it was my first and still my favourite) this is probably my favourite album (not including best ofs). It a mix of different styles but I like that. It contains two of my favourite songs Tomorrow and Lost a Friend. I still can not understand why James is such a niche band, hardly ever heard on the Radio and then only "Sit Down". Probably the greatest band that most people have never heard of.
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on 20 January 2016
Great album, Real classic, although they are all good Cant go wrong with a James album. Always a song that will catch you. However the three revamped tracks are ok, but in my opinion better without them. This is an album that doesn't need re mastered.

As once you have listined to the whole album, you are waiting on one of these three bonus song jumping back into the original track, somewhere along the line which doesn't happen. Would be better if it did, because its like a surprise, and BANG, back into the one you know and love. Saying this though i love them all, and love the echo in the voice, on one of the 3 bonus tracks. All Effing superb.

G
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on 7 May 2016
Their best singles (especially She's A Star) are on this album, but Greenpeace and Go To The Bank threaten to ruin it. However the quality of Lost A Friend, Play Dead, Avalanche and Homeboy salvage the album. The final track Blue Pastures is beautiful with the lights off and eyes closed. When they are good on this album they are superb, but not as good an album as some of their others. That said, it's still better than most albums by other bands
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on 11 April 2013
The joy of James is that the songs are atmospheric, whether that atmosphere is wistful or bouncy, sad or fun. This album is a fine example of why listening to James can be so enjoyable. Recent albums have been more hit and miss and miss. This album cracks the whip and hits, hits, hits.
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on 26 August 2016
Perfectly packaged, awesome album. Bought to replace mine that seems to have gone walkies. Much love for James 🌼
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