James “Le Petite Mort”

We wouldn’t normally associate ourselves with James’ releases, but Let Petite Mort caught us completely by surprise. Although indie veterans, they sound vital. The subject of death permeates the album, but this is juxtaposed with a slew of radio-friendly hooks. Opener “Walk Like You”, single ” Moving On” and stripped bare “A Bitter Virtue” are top drawer, with only the lumpy “Gone Baby Gone” interrupting the flow. Excellent. 8/10

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