Album Review: The James Warner Prophecies – “Things Change”
There’s something a little indefinable about this band, they’re not ones to be easily pigeonholed, and in our opinion that’s actually pretty high praise – and it means there’s something to appeal to pretty much everyone here, different styles blending together effortlessly.
Each track has a different feel about it, ranging from the mellow tones and gorgeous harmonies of ‘Holding On’ to the funked-up lunacy of ‘Av A Bite’ which rocks like a mofo and WILL get you dancing. Unless your feet are nailed to the floor or something.
In a bold move, they kick off with perhaps the strongest track on offer, the sublime ‘Define’, a beautiful love song sounding slightly Jimmy Eat World-esque in places (don’t hate me for saying that!), whose lyrics speak right to the soppy sap in all of us – worth buying the album for that track alone if you ask me.
‘Subterranean’ is angst and bitterness wrapped up in a neat little pop-punky package, whereas closer ‘The Itch’ is just pure bouncy fun from start to finish, calling to mind the likes of Jackdaw 4, before descending into an all-out riff-a-thon. So many styles, so little time!
All in all an album like this is like a breath of fresh air. Easy on the ear, and no less powerful for it.
Catch them live at the Pure Rawk Awards on 9th March – we can’t wait!