The mancunian outfit released this mini album in April of 2010.
Taking a different approach to the recording process due to their hectic schedules they decided to create a virtual online studio, with each band member able to upload their contribution to songs and download material that the others had sent in.
This has not affected the recognizable James sound, which usually is born of hours spent jamming in the studio until songs take shape, If anything this new way of recording has made for a more democratic end result, with the likes of keyboard player Mark Hunter coming to the fore when ordinarily their voice might not have been heard.
Album opener ‘It’s Hot’, has some nice harmonies, and the chorus builds to a satisfying crescendo.
In my opinion there are no weak songs on this mini album, other stand out tracks are: the quirky ‘Crazy’, ‘Porcupine’ with it’s stirring chorus, and staccato masterpiece ‘Dr Hellier’.
If you are new to James then this would be a good introduction, If you are a fan from way, way back in the eighties this is essential listening.
The Night Before is available from the Seenit store.