Living in Extraordinary Times. Release Date: 3 August 2018. Louder Than War’s Martin Unsworth takes us through the new album from Manchester legends James, Living in Extraordinary Times, track-by-track. Never ones to shy away from facing issues head-on, the twelve-track album is often a confrontational rant set to heavily percussive, danceable music
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James have set a new studio album for release on August 3rd. Living In Extraordinary Times will feature cuts from the recent Better Than That EP, including the excellent title-track, and like the EP was produced by Charlie Andrew along with Beni Giles. This album is full of big tunes, the former has said. Tim and the guys are all very good at writing huge hooks. There’s some really big, energetic tracks and some nice, chilled ones.
The first thing that strikes you about listening to James' Living in Extraordinary Times - the Manchester alt-rock outfit's 15th studio album - is how mean it sounds. Opener "Hank" comes growling out of the gate, with grungy bass and hammering drums, as the distorted voice of frontman Tim Booth sneers about "white fascists in the White House" and asserts on the chorus, "Bend your knee, stand your ground. This isn't how albums from bands over 35 years into their career are supposed to sound
Listening to 'Living In Extraordinary Times', the thought occurs that indie-pop stalwarts James aren’t dissimilar to a shark. Such is the Manchester octet’s devotion to exploring fresh textures, with an insatiable forward momentum, that if they stop moving it’s likely they’ll immediately shuffle off to the great gig in the sky. Fortunately, if the band’s most recent output - and especially this effort - is anything to by, they won’t be playing chess with the Grim Reaper any time soon. Although bassist Jim Glennie attacks this record like a man possessed, it’s the monolithic drum sound on numbers such as Hank that make the album sonically irresistible. A powerhouse protest song with a marching intro that sounds suspiciously like Arcade Fire’s Wake Up, it lands heavy blows on Trump ("this crack head’s tiny fingers, accusing you of what he’ll do") and the NRA while referencing Russian collusion and the sale of democracy.
Evergreen Manchester outfit James are set to release new album 'Living In Extraordinary Times' on August 3rd. The incoming record is the band's fifteenth studio album, and it follows the chart success of 2016's 'Girl At The End Of The World'. Long-time collaborator Brian Eno makes a guest appearance on one track, while the artwork was crafted by noted designer Magnus Gjoen. Living In Extraordinary Times' will be released on August 3rd. Tracklisting: Hank Coming Home (P. ) Leviathan Heads Many Faces How Hard The Day Extraordinary Times Picture Of This Place Hope To Sleep Better Than That Mask What’s It All About.
Extraordinary Times is peak Big James, opening with elephantine drums like distant gunfire, warring with squalling guitars. Then Booth bursts in, sweaty and slightly terrifying, to announce: I want to fuck you, until we break through, into other dimensions. Yet when James strip it all back on the delicate ballad Backwards Glances, or the sleekly seductive demo Moving Car, you’ll forgive them anything. Remarkably, this 15th album might be their best.
The 12 track album "Living in Extraordinary Times" will be released in August 2018. This is the band's fifteenth studio album. Track list (standard): Added May 16, 2018. 1. Hank 2. Coming Home (P. ) 3. Leviathan 4. Heads 5. Many Faces 6. How Hard The Day 7. Extraordinary Times 8. Picture Of This Place 9. Hope To Sleep 10. Better Than That 11. Mask 12.
The latest release from British pop band James, Living in Extraordinary Times, takes the band’s familiar up-tempo, romantic spirit and mixes in a fair amount of grit and anxiety courtesy of life in 2018. The resulting sound is what I imagine would result if you froze a ‘90s Britpop band, woke them up in 2018, and immediately told them about the last two years. The rest of the album does not ride such an intense wavelength, but each song does succeed in sustaining the energy of the album. Taken as a whole, Extraordinary Times is a bit too long to listen to at once, but individually each track renews itself with a specific energy and spirit that prevents the album from ever sagging under its own weight.