James have just released (at the time of writing September 2010) the second of their two mini albums planned for this year.
‘The Morning After’ follows on from April’s ‘The Night Before’ and comprises of a collection of mainly slower paced songs, this assortment of tracks is more pared down than on the previous album, with Larry Gott’s slide guitar and Mark Hunter’s piano taking centre stage alongside singer Tim Booth’s heartfelt lyrics and delicate vocals.
‘Kaleidascope’ centres on a man convinced that his wife is cheating on him with furtive phone calls and hastily deleted emails only to discover that she is receiving bad news from her doctor.
‘Dust Motes’ is a touching ballad, Tim Booth’s falsetto is in good shape, there are some nice lyrical touches too “there’s a vulture at the end of my bed, looking at me like I’m some piece of meat”.
James have been known to knock out the odd anthem over their three decades on the music scene, they come up with another one on this mini album in the form of ‘Lookaway’ with it’s lush strings and tremolo guitars.
The band are on an extensive tour at the time of writing, having seen them many times over the years I can recommend seeing them live.
The Morning After is available from the Seenit store.