Twin Cities Reader - March 5th, 1997

Twin Cities Reader - March 5th, 1997

JAMES
Album: Whiplash
Label: Mercury
Home: Manchester

Through eleven years and eight albums, Manchester's James have always been about finding a leg up in the breakdowns and the brillance in the humdrum. Singer Tim Booth's searching lyrics and yearning vocals, the band's insistent melodies, James epic intimacy -- these are the things that make James unique and the elements that shine on their new album Whiplash. Three recording studios, two producers, one near band split and nearly two years of writing have produced the invigorated sound of Whiplash -- an album born of frustration, but shaped in visionary contentment. From the adept simplicity of "Lost a Friend" to the clattering inductrial disco of "Go to the Bank" through the urgent energy of "Greenpeace," and the bold pop of "She's a Star," Whiplash finds strength in the undying spirit of pop music and captures James at the top of their game.