The Morning After/The Night Before

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Ambition has never been a stranger to James, perhaps the one band to work the most frequently with Brian Eno to the least amount of attention. After returning to action with 2008's Hey Ma, the Mancunian quintet decided to dabble a bit with the shifting methods of releasing music in the new millennium via the EP set The Morning After/The Night Before, a pair of complementary EPs released separately in the U.K. and then in tandem in the U.S. The title is indeed a bit of a giveaway, indicating the mood each half of the project conveys, and mood is a large part of what this is all about, James creating teeming nocturnal soundscapes, alternating between the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
Ambition has never been a stranger to James, perhaps the one band to work the most frequently with Brian Eno to the least amount of attention. After returning to action with 2008's Hey Ma, the Mancunian quintet decided to dabble a bit with the shifting methods of releasing music in the new millennium via the EP set The Morning After/The Night Before, a pair of complementary EPs released separately in the U.K. and then in tandem in the U.S. The title is indeed a bit of a giveaway, indicating the mood each half of the project conveys, and mood is a large part of what this is all about, James creating teeming nocturnal soundscapes, alternating between the propulsive and seductive on The Night Before, then slipping into a cool-down for The Morning After. By its very nature, The Night Before grabs upon its initial listen, being built upon urgent rhythms and loud guitars, letting Tim Booth scale to neo-operatic heights, but The Morning After succeeds in its own quiet way, maintaining a cool intimate vibe without seeming monochromatic. Each EP has a handful of standout songs -- the melodic thrust of "Make for This City" on Morning, the escalating drama of "Porcupine" on Night -- but what lingers is James' controlled mastery of mood, how the band never pushes too hard yet never settles over the course of this quietly satisfying set.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/14/2010
  • Label: Mercury
  • UPC: 602527470818
  • Catalog Number: 001468902
  • Sales rank: 39,085

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Got the Shakes (2:58)
  2. 2 Dust Motes (4:14)
  3. 3 Tell Her I Said So (4:38)
  4. 4 Kaleidoscope (3:08)
  5. 5 Rabbit Hole (3:43)
  6. 6 Make for This City (4:29)
  7. 7 Lookaway (4:19)
  8. 8 Fear (3:49)
Disc 2
  1. 1 It's Hot (3:26)
  2. 2 Crazy (3:39)
  3. 3 Ten Below (4:03)
  4. 4 Porcupine (4:27)
  5. 5 Shine (4:18)
  6. 6 Dr. Hellier (4:46)
  7. 7 Hero (4:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Primary Artist
Tim Booth Group Member
Jim Glennie Group Member
Larry Gott Group Member
Mark Hunter Group Member
Saul Davies Group Member
Andy Diagram Group Member
David Baynton-Power Group Member
Technical Credits
James Producer
Lee Baker Producer, Vocal Producer
Tim Booth Composer, Lyricist
Jim Glennie Composer
Larry Gott Composer
Geoff Pesche Mastering
Desmond Lambert Engineer
Antonio Feola Engineer
Adam Rix Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    They're Back ... again!

    James are back full force with this new double-album. Tim Booths lyrics, as usual, are mind-blowing and his voice is just as memorable as ever.

    The band backs up these amazing vocals with equally amazing music.

    So glad that one of my all time favorite bands is back making music that is of this high quality.

    If you are a fan of James, you're going to love this album.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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