GENRE | ROBOT NOSTALGIA
VERDICT | MICK JAGGER MIGHT BE JEALOUS
LABEL | ATO RECORDS
RELEASE | 2.5.13
My expectations for this album were low, and not because I’ve got anything against Mr. James. But if history’s taught us anything, it’s that solo albums by superstar band members often disappoint. Check out She’s The Boss by Mick Jagger or Two Sides Of The Moon by Keith Moon
if you find the prospect of mega-talented musicians inducing ear hemorrhage alluring.
Fortunately, this one’s an exception. James sums it up: “I wanted the album to sound like it came from a different place in time. Perhaps sounding as if it were the past of the future, if that makes any sense.” Which it actually does, when you listen. Check out the synth-laden, spacey funk groove of opening track, “State Of The Art (A.E.I.O.U),” and you’ll get it. It’s hard to put this album in a box—the intimacy of “Exploding,” a short instrumental, and the infectious pop sound of “A New Life,” in particular,
will catch you pleasantly off-guard with their breadth and sheer non-My Morning Jacketness.
Make no mistake, this is no cheap spin-off, people. It’s the real deal.