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on 26 May 2009
Four years after his somewhat downbeat and introspective album "Holy Love", former Love and Money frontman James Grant returns with what ought to be his most commercially successful offering yet.

The album opens with the anthemic "This Could Be The Day" and continues to show Grant's ability to write great tunes with powerful and literate lyrics, with catchy songs like "Dark Star" and "Lake Louise", and the funky "Can't Beat The Music", balanced with tender love songs like "The Bay At the Nape of Your Neck" and "Is this the Kiss?". His repertoire is further shown with the epic "My Father's Coat", which deals with the same introspective themes as the previous album but which ends with can only be described as a rock guitar solo worthy of featuring in Guitar Hero.

Ever the showman, he leaves us wanting more with the beautiful 90 seconds of "Catherine Burns".

This album has been available from James' own website since February, and has generated a great deal of excitement among his admittedly partisan fanbase. But with very positive reviews in the music media, this could be the album that brings him back into the public spotlight
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on 24 July 2009
When james grant is good, he is very good, when he is bad, he is still better than all the rest.

On this album he is exceptional!

Back with a full band and being upbeat ( as upbeat as the man gets) he has produced an album of execptional music. he has always stated that his music is music is music for people who really listen to music and this is just that... the nuances and giutar playing on this album is exceptional and the songwriting!! man the songwriting from one of the most under rated songwriters in music is beautiful. leaving the listener wanting more with the sublime 'catherine burns' is a master stroke.

from the opening joyous 'This could be the day' to the epic 'My fathers coat' this is an album for music lovers.

I loved 'Holy Love' and thought he would never equal that album but he has.. james grant is a rare musician who just gets better with age.

You really need this album in your collection.
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on 4 June 2009
It's been five years since the quiet sombre offering of Holy Love, excellent as that was I felt there was something missing. If you were a fan of the band Love and Money in the mid to late eighties then you will know how capable James Grant is of putting together fine melodic tunes. I'm happy to reveal that the melodies are back which are more reminiscent to the aforementioned band's past output.

'This Could Be The Day' is gloriously catchy, sung with one of the best voices in the business and should be the lead single to advertise this work. The musicians involved are Donald Shaw of Capercaillie (Keyboards), Ewan Vernal of Deacon Blue (Bass) and James MacKintosh & Che Beresford (Drums). Together they make a great sound.
'Darkstar' is sounding along the same lines as 'Looking For Angeline'
'Strange Flowers' having been available on the website since February is a short simple song which has infectious vocals from his two backing singers Monica Queen & Karen Matheson.
'The Hallowing Touch' is a slow ballady type of song with a country flavour.
'My Father's Coat' is the resident classic with some impressive guitar solo's, over 9 minutes long and the subject matter speaks for itself. Having lost my father the song is quite emotional for me.
'The Bay At The Nape Of Your Neck' is an excellent tune, full of twangy guitar, very infectious with a superb string arrangement.
'Lake Louise' and 'Is This The First Kiss' are regular melodic tunes with the latter having a small hint of 'Littledeath'
'Can't Beat The Music' toys with a funky beat and a 70's boogie rhythm guitar.
'Scarecrow Song' is your average folk ballad and if pressed not my favourite James Grant song in the world.
'Catherine Burns' is a beautiful way to finish off the album with strings and a verse.

James Grant has been knocking out quality music now since 1984, so 25 years on I can safely say he's still got it, still sounding fresh and that voice is sounding better than ever. Check out Sawdust in My Veins My Thrawn Glory I Shot the Albatross to complete his solo back catalogue. You wont be dissapointed.
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on 18 January 2010
James Grant is such a massive talent, a great songwriter with the most beautiful, lyrical voice. Every discerning music lover should have some(if not all his albums) in their collection. From Love and Money - 'Strange Kind of Love', through to 'My Thrawn Glory' and now onto 'Strange Flowers'. He is excellent. A really gifted performer who deserves much more airplay, less obscurity, and our support! Including when he performs live..... a real gem, buy his stuff it's worth every penny.... Strange Flowers
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on 6 November 2014
wonderful album from a very underated singer songwriter.loved the song my fathers coat.excellent
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on 18 October 2014
very good
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