JAMES’ first full length studio album in eight years follows the death of singer and lyricist Tim Booth’s mother, with songs including Gone Baby Gone and Quicken the Dead.
A misery-fest, then? Quite the contrary. The always-underrated Mancunians are on good form, realising Booth’s intention of creating an uplifting piece of work to mirror the feeling of privilege he felt at holding his mum as she passed.
Killers producer Max Dingel sprinkles the whole thing with commercial fairydust and while it’s no life-changing classic, it’s good to have them back.
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By Andrew Greenhalgh