Living in Extraordinary Times

James - Living in Extraordinary Times
Critic Score
Based on 11 reviews
2018 Ratings: #510 / 841
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Based on 18 ratings
August 3, 2018 / Release Date
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Fifteen albums down, James boast an extensive career and back catalogue, yet are still releasing fresh material that's just as good (if not better) than their previous releases.
The latest James album is another electronic rock record, this time with more alternative and psychedelic influences. Despite their best effort to sound different and create engaging songs, this album fails to deliver anything above subpar quality. The songs are dragged out and lack distinct melodies. Melodically, many songs are all over the place. Jim Booth's vocals don't really interest me very much and the lyrics are nothing out of the ordinary.

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Up there with their best, Living in Extraordinary Times has all the classic James hallmarks – anthemic singalongs, haunting ballads, and twitching experimentation. But as its title suggests its an album very much of its time. 36 years into their career this is the sound of a band hungry to push the envelope, with a lot still to prove.
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Track List

  1. Hank
  2. Coming Home (Pt.2)
  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. What's It All About
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Added on: August 1, 2018