GENRE: Alternative, Indie, Brit-Pop
FORMAT: LP, Double, 180g Vinyl, Download
CAT No: 5712912
RELEASED BY: Universal
Double 180 Gram Vinyl with inner bags and Download. First time available on vinyl with this specific track-list. Seven was the fourth album from James, released February 1992. Half of the album was produced by Youth, but after being unimpressed with some of the early records the band's studio time ran out, so the band produced the rest of the album itself with the help of Steve Chase. Following the breakthrough success of their previous outing, James released Seven, a record that married the ambitious scope of the lyrics with a grand, anthemic feel. Horns give songs like the lead-off Born of Frustration and the surging Sound a certain majestic grandeur, sweeping without being overblown. Lead singer Tim Booth is in fine form, lending passion to the proceedings, yet maintaining an intimacy. They don't totally abandon the more jangly, folk elements of past albums; it's still there noticeably on tracks like the lovely Don't Wait That Long and the shimmering, sardonic Next Lover. Other highlights include the dramatic Ring the Bells and the resolute title track, which is propelled by Andy Diagram's trumpet, Booth's assured vocals, and a thumping rhythm. Seven might not be completely embraced by older fans, but it's a confident, artistic step and a fine entry in their catalog.