James - Hey Ma, I'm Back


It evokes the grandeur of "Millionaires" and the genius of "Seven". It's "Hey Ma". The album title is the only thing that does not live up to a seven year - slash - infinity wait for the new James album.

It's the album of the year so far and the only possible usurper is the new Morrissey album in the fall. How they combined both classic James with their newer sound amazes me. Hey Ma bristles with single of the year: catchy, beautiful and amazing.  

And now for something completely different:

"Music is at its most powerful when it makes an ordinary moment seem more than it is." - Anon.