James – Stutter

ARTIST: James                          220px-JamesStutter

TITLE:  Stutter

YEAR RELEASED: 1986

CHART ACTION: #68 UK

SINGLES: So Many Ways

OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: No

LINEUP: Jim Glennie, Tim Booth, Larry Gott, Gavin Whelan

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: A clattering, shouty debut that’s not so tuneful and rather disappointing given their later work.

SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: After a few independent releases, James got a record deal and released this album to the masses. While it does contain some grandiose melodies and a little bombast, it didn’t really come together as a whole.

The record sometimes sounds like the band members are fighting with each other for space, and the melodies are a bit unconnected from everything else. I know it’s a start and they’d get it together, but there’s nothing memorable about this. I’m exiling it.

NOTES & MINUTIAE: They were originally on Factory, but changed companies on concerns Factory was all image.

IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No

GRADE: C: They weren’t off to a good start.EXILED

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