Hey Ma

James - Hey Ma
Critic Score
Based on 7 reviews
2008 Ratings: #264 / 775
User Score
Based on 7 ratings
April 7, 2008 / Release Date
LP / Format
Mercury / Label
Britpop / Genres
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CRITIC REVIEWS

80
AllMusic
James do have more quirks in their sound and plenty of quirks in Booth, who is always willing to act like a fool if it is in service of the greater good. These are the things that make Hey Ma a welcome comeback even for those listeners who may never have been big James fans.
80
musicOMH

The return of James ... was only likely to lead to one of two things – a misguided mess or a triumphant heralding of a phase for the band. The latter is the case here.

80
PopMatters

The pace may slow a little at times, but the turns are easy to take and the jagged rocks are few and far between. The excellent Hey Ma will see you through to journey’s end.

74
Pitchfork

The music itself sounds shockingly vibrant for a band only recently taken off ice.

60
Spin

A clear attempt to re-create their most commercial sound — which works well on the ingratiating antiwar title track and the glistening time capsule “Oh My Heart.” It won’t wow today’s kids, but old fans will feel the requisite nostalgic rush.

60
The Guardian

No matter that he employs every possible cliche: once the guitars get rolling and Booth scrapes the sky with his tenor, you find yourself weirdly hooked.

MusicN
90
One of my favourite albums ever although I can never work out why! Hugely underrated album from a somewhat underrated band in modern nerdy music circles.
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59
After their reunion, a new album was inevitably about to happen, a new album simply to confirm that they are still around, although there was no real need.
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