James’ 16th studio album released in June 2021
CD / Deluxe CD / Cassette:
ZERO / All The Colours Of You / Recover / Beautiful Beaches / Wherever It Takes Us / Hush / Miss America / Getting Myself Into / Magic Bus / Isabella / XYST
Double Vinyl versions (Splatter / Picture Disk / Black / Split Colour Independent Record Store and Assai Japanese OBi / Test Pressing):
ZERO / All The Colours Of You / Recover / Beautiful Beaches / Wherever It Takes Us / Hush / Getting Myself Into / Magic Bus / Miss America / Isabella / XYST
Deluxe Digital Download:
ZERO / All The Colours Of You / Recover / Beautiful Beaches / Wherever It Takes Us / Hush / Getting Myself Into / Magic Bus / Miss America / Isabella / XYST
Bonus: Wherever It Takes Us (Demo) / Life (Demo) / Isabella (Demo) / Beautiful Beaches (Live) / Getting Myself Into (Live)
|Release Name:||All The Colours Of You|
|Release Date:||4th June 2021|
James are proud to announce the release of their new album All The Colours Of You. Their 16th studio album will be released on 4th June with the title track available today (1st March) across all DSPs. All The Colours Of You follows the release of LIVE In Extraordinary Times, a live recorded collection of their last studio album Living In Extraordinary Times, which peaked at #1 in the midweeks last December.
Signed by joint label MDs Jim Chancellor and Michael Roe, this album will be their first on new label Virgin Music Label & Artists Services (formerly known as Caroline International). It’s also the first at their new publishing home Kobalt Music, these changes reinforcing the endless and restless ambition they have as they approach their fourth decade as a band.
Recorded in part before the Covid pandemic struck, the album was produced by the Grammy award-winning Jacknife Lee (U2, REM, Taylor Swift, Snow Patrol, The Killers). On production duties with James for the first time, he bought a fresh approach to their sound, working remotely from his studio liaising with Tim (his Topanga Canyon neighbour) liaising with Jim in a daisy chain, reimagining their demos, and capturing the band in all their virtual glory.
The result is a record with the most fresh and festival ready tracks of their 38-year career, the sound of one of Britain’s best bands, deconstructed and reassembled by one of the world’s most renowned producers.
Tim Booth says “With all the shit that went down in 2020 this was a miraculous conception and another big jump forward for us on the back of the last 3 albums. I hope It reflects the colours of these crazy times. Sweet 16 is a proper album, no fillers and is up there with our best. With love. Tim.”
Jim Glennie says “I’m pleased, proud and surprised by this record in equal amounts. Jacknife has pushed us and the songs somewhere new and it’s very exciting. After all these years, we are still challenging ourselves and our fans. Enjoy”.
From the first line on album opener ZERO, ‘We’re all gonna die’, Tim addresses many difficult subjects throughout the 11 tracks, with themes ranging from politics and climate change, to dealing with the loss of a loved one during the pandemic.
Miss America examines the country’s tarnished image through the eyes of a beauty pageant ‘Miss America’s wearing thin, she’s all tiaras and glamour’ while Beautiful Beaches focus is on the fires that ravished California after a vision Tim had of an earthquake and fires, which caused his family to race for refuge on beautiful beaches ‘That life we left behind, we’re racing down to those beautiful beaches’.
Lead track All The Colours Of You tackles the Trump years head on. Based in the US for many years, Tim witnessed first-hand the divisiveness and hatred stoked by the former President. Highlighting the sharp rise of white supremacy during his reign, the track ultimately offers a glimmer of hope, a new and brighter future with the refrain ‘Love all the colours, all the colours of you’.
Recover is perhaps the most poignant track on the record, dealing with the death of Tim’s father-in-law from Covid-19 in the UK. A hopeful track, with a delicate production, it’s an uplifting and joyful song about honouring a loved one’s legacy and spirit, a celebration of life not the sadness of death ‘We will remember how to pass your spirit on’.
Since their breakthrough single in 1991, Sit Down, James have released 15 studio albums, selling over 25 million copies in the process, and performed countless headline shows and festivals across the world. They continue to be a huge live draw, having sold 60,000 tickets for a UK arena tour scheduled for this November and December, a tour which has sold faster than any previous James tour.
James are a jewel in the British music crown. ‘“The truth is we felt we were built to last” – Tim Booth.
All The Colours Of You will be available on the following formats:
- Standard CD
- Deluxe CD (w/ Bonus Artwork / Photos in a DVD Hard Back Book Package)
- Standard LP
- D2C Deluxe LP (Swirl Coloured Vinyl)
- D2C Deluxe LP (Picture Disc Vinyl)
- Indies & HMV Deluxe LP (Multi Coloured Vinyl)
- Coloured Cassette
- Deluxe Digital Album, featuring 5 additional demo and live tracks
GSGM – Review: James - All The Colours Of You09th June 2021 |
With their new album ‘All The Colours Of You‘, Manchester indie-rockers James capture us once more. The record showcases the group’s unfailing commitment to songwriting and hooks us from the start.
Tim also delivers one of the most riveting vocal performances to hit the indie chart in recent memory. Similarly, the variety of sounds on show produces a soundscape unlike any other.
Overall, ‘All The Colours Of You‘ is a tremendous indie summertime listen. It also demonstrates that the group is still as popular as they were decades ago.5/5
Pop Matters – James' 'All The Colours Of You' is complex pop08th June 2021 |
Two things have remained consistent throughout the band’s history: Tim Booth’s distinctive voice and songs with lyrical depth, which you’ll find in great supply in these songs.
All the Colours of You is James’ latest album, and it shows the band continuing with a more layered and experimental sound, to the point that it’s hard to know where you would file this album in a record store. If a group only has a matter of seconds to catch the listener’s attention, then you can say James accomplished that particular mission. The first lyrics to the opening song “Zero” are “We’re all gonna die. That’s the truth.”
Ultimately, the song’s message is that we’re all going to die, which is why you shouldn’t live unfulfilled. The melody is a swirl of guitar, piano, and strings. While the lyrics are thought-provoking, this song could be condensed from its duration of nearly six minutes. Also, for a song with such a hopeful message, it doesn’t come across as particularly joyful.
In the 1990s, the band recorded Wah Wah, a free-form album produced by Brian Eno. It was something different for James, but they’re still recording in that same spirit. “Wherever It Takes Us” is a good example of this. The melody is unpredictable. The verses’ lyrics are spoken and come across as something you might hear at a poetry reading. The chorus’ lyrics are sung like a church choir to add to the unpredictability.
All the Colours of You is a complex album. While its part pop and part rock, ultimately, it isn’t easy to classify. Some of the songs would fit well in the soundtrack of a film adaptation of an Irvine Welsh novel. Other songs would fit better in the soundtrack of a coming-of-age film. Still, for all its complexity, there’s no song you find yourself singing after you’ve listened to the album a couple of times.6/10
The Arts Desk – Album Review: James - All the Colours of You08th June 2021 |
Jacknife Lee’s sleek burnishing and mild deconstruction, nodding to dance music and current pop, helps James still sound big if not exactly contemporary. If some subtlety is sacrificed in still reaching for pop’s brass ring, and the curiosity and craft isn’t always inspired, this is another honourable chapter in an enduring career.3/5
Under The Radar – Review: James have done it again!06th June 2021 |
Musically, the mood of All the Colours of You is decidedly more upbeat than the intimidating, thwacking rock of 2018’s Living in Extraordinary Times, but the lyrics contain just as much venom. Pontificating about climate change, COVID, and politics, frontman Tim Booth provides his usual stinging commentary only this time around it’s wrapped in the band’s majestic amalgamation of anthemic stadium rock and alternative pop hooks. The inclusion of syncopated bass lines, electronic beats, and swirling sound effects create a sound that is both refreshingly unfamiliar yet fabulously James.8/10
Our Sound Music – Review: JAMES - 'All The Colours Of You'05th June 2021 |
[James] A band who, perhaps better than any other, are capable of providing hope for the hopeless, light in the darkest of days and an embrace for the broken and lonely. Forever moving forward and always holding out a hand for us to cling to as they do. Not a band concerned with capturing the zeitgeist but, instead, a band who see, clearly, what matters most when other artists are blinded by what matters only to them.
Always, with James, we hear hymns from the village. The village of our own hearts and souls. The village of dreams and faith. The village of hope and belief. The choir sings, the congregation is united and, by the end, we are all lifted up, lifted higher.
With “All the Colours Of You” they have managed something unimaginable, something incredible…their best ever album. Oh, I know…I can hear you now. “What about…”. Well, what about it?
“All the Colours of You” may help to fix you, may bring energy to your weary bones and soul, may offer solace and consolation, may bring some strange companionship and will, no maybe, remind you that you are not alone.
Hot Press – Review: Powerful effort from veteran rockers04th June 2021 |
Epic, prescient themes – viral extremism, BLM, climate change and Covid – are personalised throughout the record. Some lyrics are giddy — on the title-track, the KKK are delightfully rhymed with and summarily dismissed as cuckoo [sic] and ‘Miss America’ is ardent — but James have long possessed an expert ability to create mass euphoria.
MSN – Review: James - All The Colours Of You04th June 2021 |
n a strong week for groups, Manchester veterans James deliver another album with an eye on forthcoming festival and arena shows.
All The Colours Of You plays to their strengths by tapping into singer Tim Booth’s knack of giving his personal lyrics a universal resonance. Its groove-based tunes and Jacknife Lee’s big production capture a band on a roll.
The title track touches on the challenges of lockdown (‘Haven’t hugged a human since the end of May’). The poignant electronic ballad Recover mourns the loss of Booth’s father-in-law to Covid-19 (‘We will remember how to pass your spirit on’). Beautiful Beaches,
Tim’s first-hand account of fleeing his former home in California due to bushfires, is both a climate change anthem and a hopeful, post-pandemic holiday song.8/10
Daily Express – New album breaks emotional boundaries04th June 2021 |
James can make you laugh, dance and punch the air as well as weep. There is intelligence at work here and enough pleasure that on first hearing you barely notice Tim Booth’s heartfelt bombardment of agitprop. Many of the numbers have stings in their tale. The title track is sprightly and propulsive indie pop that packs an anti-racist punch. “Love all the colours,” sings Booth. “All the colours of you.”
Courier Mail – Review: James – All the Colours of You04th June 2021 |
The band may be Britpop at heart, but liberal use of synth often places them in similar territory to New Order or latter-day Coldplay, as heard on the title track – a view of Trump’s “disunited States” from lockdown – and the exuberant Beautiful Beaches, which celebrates finally getting out of Dodge or Kansas.3.5/5
God Is In The TV – Review: James – All The Colours Of You04th June 2021 |
Despite it being recorded, deconstructed and reassembled remotely, James have succeeded in delivering a solid album that reflects the talents of each member and it’s as astonishing as ever that a band with such longevity have been able to avoid nostalgia at all costs, continually experimenting with their sound and always challenging both themselves and their fans.8/10
Clash – Review: An eclectic and poignant offering from one of the UK’s most seminal bands03rd June 2021 |
‘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.
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.8/10
The Fire Note – Review: James - All The Colours Of You03rd June 2021 |
Maybe James imagines they’re the dance band for the apocalypse, or perhaps these are the anthems from The Last Chance Cabaret that we need to lift our spirits for the struggles to come, but either way, All The Colours Of You feels like the perfect party record for this summer as we are about to step back outside of our caves and return to the larger world outside.
Louder Than War – James: All The Colours Of You – album review02nd June 2021 |
Having listened to All The Colours Of You a number of times over the last couple of weeks I can safely say that James are one of the few bands who continue to improve with age. There isn’t a weak track amongst the set, although a particular stand out for me is Magic Bus, a pumping club track with a driving beat that would’ve sounded amazing back in the Hacienda.
With 39 years experience behind them their 16th album can easily be ranked as one of their best.
Even The Stars – Review: James - All The Colours Of You02nd June 2021 |
Their sixteenth studio album All The Colours Of You asks questions of the world around them, in their line of sight the mutation of the extraordinary times of their last album into social revolution, pandemic and personal loss, unafraid to challenge whilst pushing their playful side to the fore. Weird, but accessible, it’s possibly the most accurate snapshot of the real essence of James that they’ve ever released.
Producer Jacknife Lee’s mark is all over All The Colours Of You. They met, shared the demos, and set to work with the rest of the band contributing and directing from across the Atlantic. Elements of the record come from Jacknife taking those demos and smashing them to pieces and rebuilding, creating some very unusual and initially unnatural sounding structures.
Without the often stifling intensity of the studio environment the songs on All The Colours Of You are given the space to breathe, James relinquishing control to Jacknife and allowing his ideas to infiltrate and infuse the record in a way their search for absolute perfection has sometimes prevented their albums from reflecting the energy and risk-tasking adrenaline of their live shows. Circumstance has led to compromise in approach, but not to quality.
Like when Eno loosened those chains during the recording of Laid and Wah Wah, All The Colours Of You is perhaps the most Jamesian of James albums – an instinctive unplanned reaction to whatever chaos the world has thrown at the band. If you’re here to relive your youth, you’ve come to the wrong place. Perhaps All The Colours Of Us would have been a more appropriate title.
Northern Life – Culture Club And James Join The Scarborough Line-Up20th May 2021 |
This will be the third time James, who gave the world such timeless anthems as Sit Down, Born of Frustration, She’s A Star and Come Home, have headlined Scarborough OAT after shows at the Yorkshire coast venue in 2015 and 2018.
“We always have a great night there,” said bassist Jim Glennie, “even back in the days when you had to cross the old moat to get to the audience! We are looking forward to another very special night on the Yorkshire coast.”
Recorded in part before the Covid pandemic struck, All The Colours Of You was produced by the Grammy award-winning Jacknife Lee (U2, REM, Taylor Swift, Snow Patrol, The Killers) who bought a fresh approach to their sound. Working remotely from his studio and liaising with them, Lee reimagining their demos, and captured a band in all their virtual glory.
The result is a record with the freshest and festival-ready tracks of James’ 38-year career. It is the sound of one of Britain’s best bands, deconstructed and reassembled by one of the world’s most renowned producers.
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- GSGM – Review: James - All The Colours Of You
- Pop Matters – James' 'All The Colours Of You' is complex pop
- The Arts Desk – Album Review: James - All the Colours of You
- NME – Why it’s time for a return of the indie beef – in all its messy, undignified glory
- Under The Radar – Review: James have done it again!
- Our Sound Music – Review: JAMES - 'All The Colours Of You'
- Independent – James: ‘We were so hopelessly indie-schmindie it made Belle and Sebastian look like Whitesnake’
- Hot Press – Review: Powerful effort from veteran rockers
- XS Noise – Podcast: Saul Davies, Guitarist With James on their 16th album 'All The Colours of You'
- MSN – Review: James - All The Colours Of You
- Daily Express – New album breaks emotional boundaries
- Courier Mail – Review: James – All the Colours of You
- Varsity – Interview - Jim Glennie ‘You want something that’ll make people dance’
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- Music Week – James' co-manager Meredith Plant on the band's fresh start
- Clash – Review: An eclectic and poignant offering from one of the UK’s most seminal bands
- Telegraph – Interview: Tim Booth on cults, Coldplay and why Sit Down is ‘a medicine we need right now’
- The Fire Note – Review: James - All The Colours Of You
- Louder Than War – James: All The Colours Of You – album review
- The Hustle – Podcast: Interview with Tim Booth of James
- Even The Stars – Review: James - All The Colours Of You
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- Irish Times – James man Tim Booth on pandemic-centric new album and touring Ireland
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- Los Angeles Daily News – Wildfires, pandemic and protests inspired James’ new album, says singer Tim Booth
- Northern Life – Culture Club And James Join The Scarborough Line-Up
- Stereoboard – James Continue To Tease 'All The Colours Of You' With New Track Recover
- 2021+: All The Colours
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