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Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
  •  Track Listings (11) - Disc #1

1991 reissue on Sire of the English alternative group's 1986debut for the label. 11 tracks, including 'Skullduggery', 'Scarecrow' and 'Black Hole'.


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All Artists: James
Title: Stutter
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Warner Bros UK
Release Date: 1/20/1994
Album Type: Import
Genres: Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Style: British Alternative
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 075992543729, 075992543743, 766483819729


Album Description
1991 reissue on Sire of the English alternative group's 1986debut for the label. 11 tracks, including 'Skullduggery', 'Scarecrow' and 'Black Hole'.

CD Reviews

An original vision
RockerDad | Renton, WA USA | 03/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"James was a wonderful and extraordinary band-they almost hit it big in the U.S. with 'Laid', but didn't quite crossover ala Blur, Oasis, or heck, even Elastica. However, as is discernable from this, their wonderful full-length debut, they were a band with a unique vision, that I think didn't quite fit in with the trends/styles of the time (Imagine if they appeared now, in the wake of The Shins, Iron & Wine, or even Death Cab for CUtie!).

Nonetheless, STUTTER was an astounding debut for a young band. With an upbeat, punky feel (Gil Norton even engineered it: pre-Pixies, Catherine Wheel, Foo Fighters) combined with an aching folk sensibility, they were trying their hands at combing the waters of the Violent Femmes and The Smiths-yet in some ways they were more successful than either of those seminal bands. As you can hear on an album highlight, 'So Many Ways', their songs sometime achieve a sensitive, soaring beauty that might not be expected from this type of music. And the vocal arrangements are unique, intricate, and spectacular here-easily the most creative of all their albums.

In fact, discounting LAID (their unquestionable masterwork), this is easily their most creative, entertaining, and emotional release. From the stipped-bare version of 'Why So Close' (an edgier, rocking out version appears on their earlier e.p. HYMN FROM A VILLAGE-absolutely seek it out if you can find it-spectular stuff!) to the fade-out speeded-up closer of 'Black Hole', this album is a delight.

James veered more into arena anthems and electronica experimentations with some of their later albums, but STUTTER captured them at their essence: raw, punky, folky, witty, and beautiful. And yes, live, they were a marvel."