Half Notes: James – Hey Ma (2008)

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by Tom Johnson

It took seven long years, but the moment I figured would arrive finally did: Tim Booth came to his senses and rejoined James. What is unfortunate is that in that time, it seemed that either the world forgot about James or James forgot about the world, because their 2008 album Hey Ma was initially only released in the UK — which meant high prices for everyone … and really high prices for us in the US, with our weak dollar. In addition to Booth’s re-admittance to the band, the album also saw trumpet player Andy Diagram, who left all the way back in 1992 after recording and touring for Seven, rejoining the ranks.

‘Half Notes’ are quick-take thoughts on music from Something Else! Reviews, presented whenever the mood strikes us.

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Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson has contributed to Blogcritics, and maintained a series of stand-alone sites including Known Johnson, Everything is a Mess and others. He studied both creative writing and then studio art at Arizona State. Contact Something Else! at reviews@somethingelsereviews.com.
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