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In the current musical climate where it seems as if every band from the 80's and 90's are re-forming to top up their pensions, it is refreshing to find some genuine quality in amongst the mediocrity.
James were reasonably successful during the 1990's without reaching the massive fanbase that their music deserved. Hits such as "Sit Down", "Come Home", She's A Star" and "Sound", to name just a few, showed that they could deliver their tuneful and melodic songs time after time.
However, in 2001 after the release of "Pleased To Meet You" and subsequent tour, the band decided to call it quits.
Singer Tim Booth released one solo album in 2004, but in 2007 it was announced that James would be reforming, initially for some live shows.
Then in April of 2008, "Hey Ma" was released. This album finds James back to their best. Full of great tunes, melancholic lyrics and the occasional political statement (the title track "Hey Ma", details the events up to and surrounding the Iraq war), this CD is possibly one of their best.
It's difficult to pick a stand-out track, but my personal favourites are; "Boom, Boom", "Upside", "Waterfall", "Oh My Heart" and "Of Monsters and Heroes and Men". The latter is possibly one of the songs of the year.
If you have never dipped your toe in the water of James, make sure you dive straight in and enjoy the very essence of a comeback. Not for the money - for the music.
Being a huge James fan for what feels like an eternity, I rushed to get this on preorder and then was disappointed when Asda didn't deliver it on time, however I did get it for a bargain price at the time so I cant really complain.
Hey Ma is the first brand new album from the band since they reformed (much to the delight of old James fans everywhere!).
For those that don't know who James are but feel the name rings a vague bell, they were the band responsible for the huge hit 'Sit Down', which is probably their most recognisable tune, yet in my opinion not their best.
Tim Booth's haunting vocals sound right out on this album bringing a chill to the spine. The first song 'Bubbles' is a totally beautiful song full of delicate emotion, definitely one of their best songs and the style of it is probably closer to their 'Laid' album, which is one of my favourite albums by the band.
If you love James 'old style' from latter days the track 'White boy' will not disappoint. Its full of what can only be described as pure James old school sound!
The title track 'Hey Ma' is probably one of the most haunting on the album and shows the strength of Tim Booth's vocal talent., full of sad and tragic lyrics that make you reflect on what has happened in the world.
I bought the CD from Asda as previously stated for approx £8.90 ish.
The CD tracks are as below:
02. Hey Ma
04. Oh My Heart
05. Boom Boom
07. Upside Down
10. Of Monsters And Heroes And Men
11. I Wanna Go Home
As usual James deliver a total rollercoaster of emotions all wrapped up in a CD that lasts for approx 45mins - totally recommened and if u get a chance to see them live you will not be disappointed!!
Disc #1 Tracklisting
2 Hey Ma
4 Oh My Heart
5 Boom Boom
10 Of Monsters And Heroes And Men
11 I Wanna Go Home