Girl at the End of the World

James - Girl at the End of the World
Critic Score
Based on 10 reviews
2016 Ratings: #821 / 926
User Score
Based on 12 ratings
March 18, 2016 / Release Date
LP / Format
BMG / Label
Pop Rock / Genres
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There are a couple of fillers on the album, but Girl At The End Of The World is a strong, distinctive addition to the band’s work.

Between this record and its predecessor, their creativity seems to have entered a fertile new phase.
The Skinny

Girl at the End of the World is, on one level, more of the same: bulging arrangements; hefty half-hooks; Tim Booth's screwy commentary connecting somewhere to the left of immediately comprehensible. But it's also intelligent, accomplished and likeable.

Commendably still opting for spontaneity after all these years, the lads have whittled down some dance-tinged jams into workable songs and the result is an LP that, while unfocused, still has plenty of drive and energy.
Drowned in Sound

It never feels as though James are comfortable with wholly embracing something brand new and daring.

Under The Radar
The closing title track is a pleasant enough number but reverts to the more safe James sound, a slight disappointment after the forward-sounding songs of the late middle of the album
Being James, they've embraced the new once again and 'Girl at the End of the World' is even more dance-infused than 'La Petite Mort'. Though they're happy to revert to the classic James sound and the anthemic 'Nothing But Love' certainly shows that.
Melodious and filled electronic goodies, Girl at the End of the World takes the new sound adopted by James pon the previous album and deepens it to form a totally new sound for the band. It is successful in some of the songs, but sounds characterless and not very interesting on the others.

Overall, the album sounds watered down, lacks any real character or hooks and really doesn't do much to improve on the band's music. It's a tiring collection of similar songs, with only a couple of standouts.
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Track List

  1. Bitch
  2. To My Surprise
  3. Nothing But Love
  4. Attention
  5. Dear John
  6. Feet of Clay
  7. Surfer’s Song
  8. Catapult
  9. Move Down South
  10. Alvin
  11. Waking
  12. Girl at the End of the World

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Added on: November 24, 2015