Tuesday, September 14, 2010

CD Review 15: James

Artist: James
Album: The Morning After The Night Before
Label: Mercury Records
Yays: Disc 1 - 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7
Disc 2 - 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7
Nays: Disc 2 - track 3

Genre: Rock – Alt/Brit/Pop/Rock
RIYL: The Smiths, Morrissey

This 2 disc album started as 2 mini-albums; The Night Before was released in the UK in April while The Morning After is set for release this month. This light shines through in that the two discs have rather different feels.

The Morning After (green disc) was recorded in 5 days in a big room with no overdubs, in an effort to “capture something spontaneous.” Some of the tracks start off slow, but they pick up. This album is more subdued than the other.

The Night Before (pink disc) was recorded virtually – the band members uploaded, downloaded and updated each other’s songs and then producer Lee “Muddy” Baker put the album together. This album is more upbeat and less “campfire-y” than the other album.

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