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Over the James
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
The raw energy of their legendary live show is finally conveyed on this thunderously pristine recording. With a more mature take on songwriting and probably Tim Barry's most personal lyrics to date, the 1998 album is the m... more »
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The raw energy of their legendary live show is finally conveyed on this thunderously pristine recording. With a more mature take on songwriting and probably Tim Barry's most personal lyrics to date, the 1998 album is the most ferocious and vital statement of their career. The fourteen original songs have been re-mastered and are now bolstered by bonus tracks including the "Fall Of Richmond" split with (Young) Pioneers and the band's covers of Elvis, Billy Joel, and Embrace, as well as new liner notes, artwork, and rare photographs.
Avail's best album - remastered
Justin Gaines | Northern Virginia | 12/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm a metal guy, but there are a few hardcore/punk bands that I really enjoy. Richmond's Avail is one of those bands. Avail combines melody with aggression, which sets them apart from the rest of the hardcore/punk scene. Avail is certainly loud and fast enough for most hardcore/punk fans, but they are also a band that fans of Social Distortion and Bad Religion can get into.
Over the James is the band's fourth album, and the final in the Jade Tree series of Avail reissues. It's also the absolute best album the band has ever released, and for my money is the best hardcore album ever. A bold statement I know, but I think this album is worth it. Beyond the fact that the band has never sounded better musically, the lyrics just seemed more personal and meaningful. This isn't just a collection of songs; it's a freaking mission statement that speaks to your heart and your head. My favorite songs are "Deepwood", "Nickel Bridge" and "August", but honestly you'll find yourself screaming along with just about every song on this incredible album. I really can't recommend this album highly enough.
Over the James was already perfect, but the 2006 reissue makes it even better. The album has been digitally remastered, so it sounds even better than before. Plus, they've added four bonus tracks - a (sort of) acoustic version of "Lombardy Street" and covers of Embrace, Elvis, and of all people Billy Joel! It's a bit light on bonus material compared to the Dixie and 4AM Friday reissues, but I can hardly complain. In addition to the extra songs, the booklet has plenty of new liner notes, photos, flyers, etc. All in all, the band gives you plenty of reasons to replace your old copy of Over the James. I just hope Satiate receives the same deluxe treatment someday."