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Living in Extraordinary Times


Living in Extraordinary Times

Fourteenth studio album from the Manchester rock band formed in 1982, produced by Charlie Andrew and Beni Giles

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  1. 8.8 |   Gig Soup

    Fifteen albums down, James boast an extensive career and back catalogue, yet are still releasing fresh material that’s just as good (if not better) than their previous releases
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  2. 8.0 |   The Independent

    Living in Extraordinary Times marks a band still working at their full capacity, bringing new ideas and sounds while retaining what inherently makes James James - big choruses, danceable tracks, and timely lyrics
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  3. 8.0 |   Q

    They're sparkling again. Print edition only

  4. 8.0 |   The Observer

    Remarkably, this 15th album might be their best
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  5. 7.0 |   Under The Radar

    A triumph for the band as their great songs continue to move to new territory
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  6. 7.0 |   Uncut

    A record varied in tone and rhythm, capturing a band over 35 years in who are experimenting and sounding rejuvenated. Print edition only

  7. 7.0 |   The Music

    We are indeed living in the most unfortunate of extraordinary times and it shows in James' most intense album of recent years
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  8. 6.0 |   Mojo

    Never quite hits that million-streaming sweet spot. Print edition only

  9. 6.0 |   Evening Standard

    If Coldplay released this, it would be no disgrace
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  10. 6.0 |   The FT

    Mostly the music is sinewy and sleek indie-rock, a vibrant statement of continuing intent
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  11. 6.0 |   The Skinny

    James are back with a nineties feel on their 15th album Living in Extraordinary Times, but there's something different happening here
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  12. 5.0 |   Spectrum Culture

    James certainly aren’t lacking for ambition on Living In Extraordinary Times, but the album too often feels like a shout into the void
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