Hey Ma

Last year these English folk-rockers played together for the first time since 2001, when singer Tim Booth left James to focus on a solo career. Nothing on Hey Ma reproduces the dizzy rush of 1993’s ”Laid,” the band’s biggest U.S. hit, but several cuts get surprisingly close: On ”Waterfall,” over a bright trumpet line and ringing guitar riff, Booth reports that it ”don’t take a phone company to tell you life’s pay-as-you-go.” The protest song ”Hey Ma,” meanwhile, locates hope amid body bags and fallen towers. B
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