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
MSN | Adrian Thrills