La Petite Mort

James - La Petite Mort
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2014 Ratings: #564 / 1003
User Score
Based on 9 ratings
June 2, 2014 / Release Date
LP / Format
Cooking Vinyl / Label
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La Petite Mort is a quality release and a welcome return for a band that refuses to sit down.

The album’s probably better than expected, so it’s somewhat of a disappointment that the band haven’t been encouraged to recreate their main strength, the brilliant electricity generated by pulsating live shows as their music builds into euphoric peaks; too often, the production strips away the potential majesty.
Under The Radar

La Petite Mort may not be a groundbreaker, but it's definitely a treat.


21st century James has had its share of fresh ideas. They found new ways to get to the drama and even paused along the way for some subtlety. You won’t find such traits on La Petite Mort. And although it resulted in a good James album, something tells me that they probably won’t be able to get away with this again.

There are a few fillers, but strongs tracks like 'Moving On' and 'All I'm Saying' more than make up for them'. I'd say that this is the first James album that really showcases Mark Hunter's keyboard/synth wizardry.
Greatly expanding on their sound to include influences from folk music and new wave, the thirteenth studio album by James is a breath of fresh air - but also a mixed bag in terms of its the electropop sound on several songs. The slick and modern sound means the band loses some of its edge and original flare. That being said, La Petite Mort contains very different energy for the band, with the uptempo songs taking center stage.

This time around, James combines catchy choruses with weak verses. ... read more
Not as strong as death - its main theme - but as weak as a broken window.
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Track List

  1. Walk Like You
  2. Curse Curse
  3. Moving On
  4. Gone Baby Gone
  5. Frozen Britain
  6. Interrogation
  7. Bitter Virtue
  8. All in My Mind
  9. Quicken the Dead
  10. All I'm Saying
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Added on: May 27, 2014