G. Moses | Men...Of...The...Sea! | 02/10/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I find it somewhat troubling that this edition apparently goes the route of the repackaging entitled 'James' by replacing Hang On and Crescendo (good songs, mind) with Sit Down and Lose Control--which are already readily available on the Best of.., you know. Hence, only three stars. I hate it when record companies feel the need to screw around with albums to try to sell a few more copies.Still, it's good. I have to say, Government Walls and the anti-religion song the name of which escapes me right now don't really work very well, though. Too topical, even if I more or less agree with the sentiments expressed. That just doesn't sound like James; it's the same reason Greenpeace and Go to the Bank off of Whiplash were iffy. But otherwise, it's good, even if the loss of Hang On and Crescendo (I have the deleted American edition, and you should try to find it too) is extremely uncool. The highlight has to be the title track, with completely ridiculous yet at the same time, somehow, utterly wonderful lyrics. Bah. I think this is James's third-best album, after Seven and Laid. You oughta buy it."