Pleased to Meet You

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
It's not so much that James weren't expected to make yet another good record; when 2001's Pleased to Meet You was released, they hadn't made a truly subpar record since the late '80s. But it isn't just another good James record -- it's their best. It's their tightest, freshest, most contemporary batch of songs, weatherproofed to stand the test of time. From the dizzily uplifting "Space," a Brian Eno-influenced and produced song sure sounds like his voice is in the chorus, too, to the glacially sparse ballad "Alaskan Pipeline," the perfectly titled record is fresh-faced enough to sound like a band high on being in a studio together for the first time, but the material and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
It's not so much that James weren't expected to make yet another good record; when 2001's Pleased to Meet You was released, they hadn't made a truly subpar record since the late '80s. But it isn't just another good James record -- it's their best. It's their tightest, freshest, most contemporary batch of songs, weatherproofed to stand the test of time. From the dizzily uplifting "Space," a Brian Eno-influenced and produced song sure sounds like his voice is in the chorus, too, to the glacially sparse ballad "Alaskan Pipeline," the perfectly titled record is fresh-faced enough to sound like a band high on being in a studio together for the first time, but the material and the execution is too focused, too mature to sound like a rookie effort. As with the title track on 1993's Laid, an album highlight is buried near the end. This time it's "Getting Away With It," a song that represents the remainder of the album with a solid tune -- with some of Tim Booth's finest, most meaningful lyrics that aren't necessarily preachy -- and well-placed layers of synths and strings that accent an otherwise merely good James song. To wit, there's a power and a heft throughout that the band only hinted at previously. A band with a dusty best-of and nine previous studio albums isn't supposed to do this, unless they're the Rolling Stones. James' tenth makes you wonder what all the fuss over U2 and R.E.M.'s rebirths are about. And with this clutch of alternate reality Top Ten singles strung together in the disguise of a flowing record, they're making the modern pop charts in the U.K. and especially the U.S. look hopelessly feeble. Songs of adulthood, parenthood, and addiction have rarely sounded this exciting.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/17/2007
  • Label: Universal I.S.
  • UPC: 731458614722
  • Catalog Number: 5861472
  • Sales rank: 111,458

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Space (4:49)
  2. 2 Falling Down (3:36)
  3. 3 English Beefcake (5:46)
  4. 4 Junkie (4:56)
  5. 5 Pleased to Meet You (5:37)
  6. 6 The Shining (4:26)
  7. 7 Senorita (3:12)
  8. 8 Give It Away (3:05)
  9. 9 Fine (3:41)
  10. 10 Getting Away With It (All Messed Up) (4:29)
  11. 11 Alaskan Pipeline (4:28)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Primary Artist
Tim Booth Vocals
Jim Glennie Bass, Background Vocals
Mark Hunter Keyboards
Saul Davies Guitar, Violin, Background Vocals
Adrian Oxaal Guitar
Michael Kulas Guitar, Background Vocals
David Baynton-Power Drums
Technical Credits
James Producer
Dave Bascombe Engineer, Engineering
Brian Eno Producer
Gary Langan Engineer
Saul Davies Producer
James Loughrey Engineer
Kevin Kerrigan Producer, Engineer, Engineering
David Baynton-Power Producer
Simon Changer Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    wonderful!

    another great album by James! i've only listened to it twice so far and i'm in love. standout tracks include already one of my favorite ''love'' songs - Senorita, The Shining is captivating, Space is a great song to start off with...the album just flows really well and every song is magic!

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