Our review for Louder Than War concluded "Busy Guy has the feel of an album that’s been a lifetime in the making. Freed of the major label pressure to write hit singles, it is a very simple record wracked with fragility and vulnerability. It is a response to the world around him falling apart during the process of crafting it. The silence and spaces in the songs often have as much impact as the guitars and the words in creating the effect that you’ve been let into the most private thoughts, emotions and fears of its creator."
Our review concluded "Bauhaus L'Appartamento is a record for every mood - you can allow it to wash over you, Julia's vocals soothing you over the music which lets her take centre stage, or you can dive in, immerse yourself in the sadness, uncertainty and romantic optimism that runs right through it if you reach under the surface - and find it more relatable than you'd think. It's full of hidden depths, new revelations, subtle vocal intonation here, a slight change of direction there, that makes it a fascinating rabbit hole of an album with something new around each corner."
The Art Of Lying was released on November 26 on black and cobalt blue vinyl, limited edition 2 disc vinyl with demos, CD and cassette and can be ordered via their website. Digital versions of their previous limited edition releases and a number of live field recordings are available to download from their Bandcamp.
Whilst it might seem inevitable that our favourite band's new album makes number one on our list, it's worth noting that neither of the previous two did. All The Colours Of You is James' sixteenth studio album released in June featuring the lead tracks All The Colours Of You and Beautiful Beaches. Written before lockdown and recorded remotely during it with Jacknife Lee at the helm, it shows one of the country's most-loved established bands sounding at their freshest.
Our review concluded "Without the often stifling intensity of the studio environment the songs on All The Colours Of You are given the space to breathe, James relinquishing control to Jacknife and allowing his ideas to infiltrate and infuse the record in a way their search for absolute perfection has sometimes prevented their albums from reflecting the energy and risk-tasking adrenaline of their live shows. Circumstance has led to compromise in approach, but not to quality."
"Like when Eno loosened those chains during the recording of Laid and Wah Wah, All The Colours Of You is perhaps the most Jamesian of James albums - an instinctive unplanned reaction to whatever chaos the world has thrown at the band. If you're here to relive your youth, you've come to the wrong place. Perhaps All The Colours Of Us would have been a more appropriate title"
We also run the One Of The Three James archive, the most detailed resource for information about the band, and the site
also has a Facebook and Twitter page. TimBoothLyricADay, whose posts often lead to Tim explaining his
thought processes behind the lyrics, can be found on Twitter and Facebook.