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Keith Cameron, NME
Nirvana manage to blow everyone else off the map including headliners James, though no fault of theirs. If we must have bands playing arenas of this size - and to be honest, no band worthy of your respect ought to aspire to plying their trade in dismal barns - then I'd vote for James. If only because their music is now so seamlessly tailored for such occasions.
The Simple Minds comparisons are valid if you remember the Minds circa "New Gold Dream", as a song like "Sound" has the same sleek aerodynamic grandeur. One hopes the flab won't set in, but perhaps it's inevitable.
Whatever, Tim Booth's juggling with fire here, and the concessions to history - "Johnny Yen" and a patently ridiculous "Hymn From A Village" - squirm horribly in their new attire. For better or worse, richer or much richer, that particular James is long gone.