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Q Magazine 3/5 stars3/5 stars3/5 stars3/5 stars3/5 stars[4]
The Times 2/5 stars2/5 stars2/5 stars2/5 stars2/5 stars[5]
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La Petite Mort is the name of an album released by British alternative rock band James in June 2014.[7][8] The album's title comes from its overall themes of death and release,[3] having been written following the death of lead singer Tim Booth's mother in 2012[9] as well as the death of his best friend.[2] It features ten tracks and is available on CD, vinyl and as an MP3 download.

All pre-orders of the album included a download of “Frozen Britain” as well as a copy of the album's first single, entitled “Moving On”, which was released on 28 April.[10] and accompanied by a stop-motion-animated video from BAFTA-winning[11] director Ainslie Henderson.[12]

Critical Reception[]

Reviews of the album have been generally good, mentioning that there were a few tracks that could already be considered as classic James, e.g. Moving On, Frozen Britain. Renowned for Sound gave the album 3.5 out of 5 [13] and summarised the album as follows: "La Petite Mort is a solid effort from [the] band... For the most part, the writing is focused, the production is polished and Booth’s vocals standout in a manner we are used to hearing. Sure there are a few misfires, but here’s nothing wrong with experimenting your sound. However saying that, only James do James best and after all these years, that classic James sound is what we want to hear." The review by Gigslutz says: "The album itself has a very theatrical swing to it" and "‘La Petite Mort’ may mean ‘The Little Death’, but this record has all the makings of a rebirth, signalling a refreshed sound from Booth and co.".[14] Virgin Media's review states: "after nearly 30 years, the idiosyncratic, quixotic James are always worth persevering with", but only gives it 3 stars out of 5 as they do not particularly like the 2nd half of the album.[15] MusicOMH give the album 3.5/5 stars and comes to the conclusion "Bookended with two (almost) James classics, the album’s probably better than expected" but thinks that "too often, the production strips away the potential majesty".[16]

Track listing[]

  1. Walk Like You
  2. Curse Curse
  3. Moving On
  4. Gone Baby Gone
  5. Frozen Britain
  6. Interrogation
  7. Bitter Virtue
  8. All In My Mind
  9. Quicken the Dead
  10. All I'm Saying


  1. James Return with first new album in 7 Years ‘La Petite Mort. Retrieved on March 3, 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 James perform Moving On: music session. The Telegraph. Retrieved on May 29, 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Marsh, Graeme. James – La Petite Mort. Retrieved on May 29, 2014.
  4. Price, Simon (July 2014). "James: La Petite Mort". Q Magazine (336): 109.
  5. James: La Petite Mort. Retrieved on May 31, 2014.
  6. Album reviews: Kasabian, Parquet Courts, Martin & Eliza Carthy, Holland Dozier Holland, Ethan Johns, James. Retrieved on June 1, 2014.
  7. James to release first album in six years next month. Retrieved on May 29, 2014.
  8. James announces new album ‘La Petite Mort,’ streams new song ‘Frozen Britain’. Slicing Up Eyeballs. Retrieved on April 20, 2014.
  9. Wetherall, Greg. Album Review: James - La Petite Mort. Retrieved on May 29, 2014.
  10. WORLD PREMIERE OF JAMES' NEW SINGLE 'MOVING ON'. Latitude Festival. Retrieved on May 29, 2014.
  11. English, Paul. Fame Academy Scot Ainslie Henderson tells how he won BAFTA after quitting music business to make animated films. Daily Record. Retrieved on May 29, 2014.
  12. Bedford, Sian. James unveil new video for ‘Moving On’ by BAFTA winner Ainslie Henderson. Never Enough Notes. Retrieved on May 29, 2014.
  13. Renowned for Sound Album Review James La Petite Mort. Renowned for Sound. Retrieved on June 4, 2014.
  14. Gigslutz ALBUM REVIEW James La Petite Mort. Gigslutz. Retrieved on June 4, 2014.
  15. James La Petite Mort Album Review Reviews Music Virgin Media. VirginMedia. Retrieved on June 4, 2014.
  16. James La Petite Mort Album Reviews musicOMH. MusicOMH. Retrieved on June 4, 2014.

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