James have done it again! Like they have so many times throughout their career, these maverick, British alt rockers have refreshed and expanded on their already alluring sound. It may not qualify as a re-invention, but it is definitely another transformation. It's not surprising though, as James have always looked to push the envelope and explore new directions regardless of genre, as long as the outcome is great music.
It’s been almost 30 years since James made the leap from ‘little known Mancunian indie band occasionally namechecked by Morrissey in interviews’ (a VERY long list, for those who remember those days) to stadium-slaying behemoths whose fans sit down in unison for their biggest hit. Since the band reformed in 2007 after their split six years earlier, they’ve cannily walked the line between riding the nostalgia train while releasing a series of albums that, while they may not hit the heights of the likes of Laid creatively, sit well in their discography. All The Colours Of You is very much in that James vein – full of stirring anthems that you can imagine being belted out in the arenas of the country.
'All The Colours Of You' - the sixteenth studio album from Mancunian legends James - might just be their strongest offering to date from the band's 38 year history. Produced by Grammy award-winning producer Jacknife Lee - who has worked with the likes of U2, Taylor Swift, REM and Snow Patrol - 'All the Colours Of the World' showcases the band's own take on the state of the world, covering pertinent themes such as the global pandemic, politics, climate change and race relations. 'Recover' is a touching tribute to frontman Tim Booth's father-in-law who sadly lost his life to Covid-19.