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Neil Taylor, NME
Thank God then for James, a Factory band with the sort of talent that most headliners would struggle to find in a month of Blue Mondays. If regulation guitar, drums, bass and vocals are back in style then add to your list of potential hitmakers this magnificent four-piece band.
Beginning a well-constructed, well-received set with the patting of a cow-bell in 'Hymn From A Village', James build their sound around flurries of cascading vocals tacked onto the janglies of a post-Postcard guitar. Skipping from a chugging, almost Latin beat in 'Withdrawn' to the up-and-down, fast-and-slow motions of 'What's The World', James not only make enjoyable music but actually look as though they enjoy making it. Throwing himself into spasms, lead-singer Tim Booth amazes the audience by singing full pelt "I-I-I-I-I-I" then modestly bouncing backstage and almost throwing away the lines "I wear an armour plated suit / You put your lips to helmet slits / You try to suck me out the tin / I can't get out, I'm welded in"