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James do their usual trick...
on 20 March 2009
It starts magnificently, "Bubbles" now figuring in my top five James songs. It's a tremendous track, starting quietly, suddenly exploding into life, and turning into a glorious chorus of the words "I'm alive!" repeated over and over again. The word "euphoric" doesn't do it justice.
The title track is also pretty good, if marred slightly by its "hey ma, the boys in body bags coming home in pieces" chorus. "Waterfall" is also great, as is "Oh My Heart", although something strange happens to Tim Booth's voice and he ends up sounding a little like Kermit from the Muppets for some reason!
After that, the album fades somewhat, as most of the James albums I've heard seem to do. There are still good tracks to be found, but the pace slows in general, and after such an invigorating high-octane opening salvo of tracks, the album is a little disappointing from the fifth or sixth track onwards.
That said, I'm still intrigued to hear what they do next...