‘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. Despite the grave subject, ‘Recover’ is a beautiful song that evokes hope which is testament to Booth’s song writing prowess and tackles his emotions that will resonate with anyone who has lost a loved one. Poignant lines such as "will he get better?" really hit home and this, combined with the striking beat, makes for a memorable tune which is without doubt one of the album's highlights.
He also showcases his talent in ‘Living In Extraordinary Times’, which provides his insight in living in the United States during the Trump administration and the divisiveness that this caused.
'ZERO', the opening track is a joyful sounding, festival friendly song about death. It encourages the listener to not be caught up by time; "We’re all gonna die, that’s the truth / Quit measuring time by money and youth..."
One of the standout tracks has to be ‘Beautiful Beaches’ which centres around climate change and the impact on California after it was devastating by forest fires. Tim Booth himself was personally affected and he and his family were forced to flee his home in order to escape the fires that ravaged California.
Whilst there are still shades of James’ jangly indie-pop in parts, this album takes the band into a new sonic adventure where you hear lo-if leanings and pumping club beats.
Words: Emma Harrison
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