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  • Summary: The 15th full-length studio release for the British rock band was produced by Charlie Andrew and Beni Giles.
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  1. 80
    Remarkably, this 15th album might be their best.
  2. 80
    Living in Extraordinary Times marks a band still working at their full capacity, bringing new ideas and sounds while retaining what inherently makes James James--big choruses, danceable tracks, and timely lyrics.
  3. Q Magazine
    Aug 1, 2018
    80
    They're sparkling again. [Aug 2018, p.111]
  4. Uncut
    Aug 1, 2018
    70
    A record varied in tone and rhythm, capturing a band over 35 years in who are experimenting and sounding rejuvenated. [Sep 2018, p.32]
  5. Aug 2, 2018
    70
    it's a record that reflects how James always swing for the fences. As such, the album can be a little exhausting for those who aren't true believers--there is plenty going on in the songs and productions but no direct way inside--but can prove to be fascinating for the dedicated sort who choose immersion over skimming.
  6. Mojo
    Aug 1, 2018
    60
    Never quite hits that million-streaming sweet spot. [Sep 2018, p.86]
  7. Aug 3, 2018
    60
    Albums have come at a brisk pace in the last few years, but there have been some diminishing returns as the Manchester troupe try to find the balance between the big hitters and the bit between their teeth.

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