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A combination of two recent EPs, The Morning After the Night Before is a powerful collection of tunes from the British band who were once considered, back in the mid-‘90s, among the leading candidates to save rock ‘n’ roll. They’ve continued to make great music that steps away from the anthemic clatter of their early days. Their sound uses electronics strategically to great effect. The first half of this “double album” is a melancholy batch. “Tell Her I Said No” features a gorgeous melody with warm keyboards, a stuttering guitar and a groove that comes and goes with the wind. “Kalediscope” is a simple stroll of a tune, elegant in how the piano notes fill in behind the harmonies. “Rabbit Hole” punches up as a substantial pop song. “It’s Hot” begins the pick-me-up side of the band. “Ten Below” drives straight into the emergency lane with sirens howling. Tim Booth can’t escape the Morrissey comparisons, but he’s plenty tougher on an aggressive tune like “Shine.” It’s a great collection.

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Get Laid By James

The most underrated band on the planet! formed in 1986, this Manchester group is as good as ever. Personal favorite tunes, Don't Wait That Long, On Top Of The World, Out To Get You, Of Monsters And Men.


Formed: 1982 in Manchester, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

As one of the first groups to be dubbed "the next Smiths," James became an institution on the British alternative music scene during the '80s and '90s with their pleasant folk-pop. Early in their career, James were praised by their idol Morrissey, which turned out to be both a blessing and a curse. The group was pegged as second-rate Smiths, yet continued to tour and record, eventually gaining a sizable following. In the late '80s, James, like many of their British peers, became involved in the acid...
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