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James - Better Than That EP Album

James - Better Than That EP Album

  • Performer: James
  • Genre: Rock
  • Title: Better Than That EP
  • Released: 18 May 2018
  • Style: Alternative Rock, Indie Rock
  • Label: Infectious Music
  • Catalog: INFECT425
  • Country: UK
  • MP3 version size: 2959 mb
  • FLAC version size: 2509 mb
  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 834

Tracklist

1Better Than That4:21
2Broken By The Hurt5:23
3Hank3:36
4Busted4:59

Versions

CategoryArtistTitle (Format)LabelCategoryCountryYear
INFECT425LPJames Better Than That EP ‎(10", EP)Infectious MusicINFECT425LPUK2018

Credits

  • EngineerDan Moyler
  • Engineer [Assisted By]Tom Archer
  • Producer [Assistant By], Mixed By [Assisted By]Jay Pocknell, Katie Earl
  • Producer, Mixed ByBeni Giles, Charlie Andrew
  • Written-ByJim Glennie, Mark Hunter, Saul Davies, Tim Booth

Notes

Professionally stamped CDr in a slim card sleeve. Exclusive to the official James online store.

℗ & © 2018 BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

Barcodes

  • Barcode (Text & Scanned): 4050538392128

Companies

  • Record Company – BMG
  • Phonographic Copyright (p) – BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited
  • Copyright (c) – BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited
  • Published By – BMG Rights Management (UK) Limited

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Comments

Tall Tall
If i had known this is going to be a CDr release i'd never bought it. Between CDr and files i prefer the later ones...
Twentyfirstfinger Twentyfirstfinger
This EP continues on the band's rough 'n' ready sound showcased on 2015's 'Girl At The End Of The World' a record that I personally felt wasn't a patch on the superb 'La Petite Mort' from the year before. Judging by the personnel credited here it seems sadly clear that guitarist Larry Gott has once again parted ways with the group. Nevertheless, James have soldiered on without him in the past with 'Millionaires' and 'Pleased To Meet You' both being strong albums so basically even with Larry out of the line-up - temporarily, hopefully - the entity here is still very much... James.

Anyway and onto the music; the title track is probably the strongest offering here with Tim Booth's echo-delayed vox and the band's confident backing instrumentation kicking proceedings off in style. It was promoted as and is definitively 'the radio one' with tense verses that segue into the triumphant sort of chorus James can crank out in their sleep. Hank is 'the political one' with lyrics that may not age well as most songs citing modern politics tend not to. It is not that I necessarily disagree with the sentiment it's just that politics in music can be a gamble. The distorted groove is reminiscent of Wah Wah's 'Jam J' featuring an interesting thunder-clap percussion; the distortion eventually fades allowing Booth's falsetto to list the USA's current woes, state of the nation-style.

The second half of the EP dials things down a touch with 'Busted' and 'Broken By The Hurt' the latter of which has a sweet vocal melody guiding dark lyrics but stalls a bit at the middle eight before returning to full strength. It reminds me of the quieter moments of some of their '90s albums (coincidentally those also without Larry Gott). 'Busted' starts off serenely but builds into something quite hypnotic and repetitive which is well done.

I must say that drummer David Baynton-Power sounds let off the leash on these recordings which is positive as much of the drumming on 'Girl' sounded programmed and a bit lifeless. In the 'old world' the second half of the EP probably would have been B-sides on CD1 + CD2 single sets.

As a fan since 1998 this new EP is admittedly a bit of a mixed bag for me. I am still holding out hope for the upcoming 'mother LP' where at least 2 of these tracks will feature. My main worry is after 2 weeks of having the EP on reasonably frequent rotation, it dropped off and I haven't felt the need to revisit.

I hope that the new LP won't go the same way.
Uaoteowi Uaoteowi
Good to know this is merely a CDr in a card sleeve. I opted for the 10" instead.