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Getting Away with It (All Messed Up)" was released as a single in late June, followed a week later by Pleased to Meet You on 2 July through Mercury Records. He expanded: "It's their tightest, freshest, most contemporary batch of songs, weatherproofed to stand the test of time. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream publications, the album received an average score of 65, based on six reviews. Most of the finished album was made up from live takes and demos that were made before recording with Eno. The Shining", "Senorita", "Gaudi", "What Is It Good For" and "Getting Away with It (All Messed Up)" were recorded at House in the Woods in Bletchingley.

Getting Away with It (All Messed Up)" was released as a single on 25 June, [29] after being delayed a week from its original release date. Getting Away with It (All Messed Up)" was included on the band's fourth compilation album Fresh as a Daisy – The Singles (2007). Inspired by playing the new songs live, the band decided to gather in a circle and record live-in-the-studio [8] at Ridge Farm Studios in Capel, Surrey with engineer Gary Langan. Fine" is a percussion-led song that is followed by "Getting Away with It (All Messed Up)", a slow-building indie rock track with a psychedelic bridge section.

Senorita" is about a guy that falls in love with a dangerous woman, and is followed by the disco song "Gaudi".

Though the band had planned to use a different producer for the main sessions, [3] Eno and guitarist/violinist Saul Davies were enlisted to produce most of the recordings. He’s been christened James, obviously, and will appear on the sleeve of the forthcoming album, Pleased To Meet You.

Booth said the album was the first since their fifth studio album Laid (1993) that they had strayed from the Verse-chorus-verse structure. Andrew Paine of NME considered it the "best James record in a long while and there are some near-inspirational moments. Playlouder's Sarah Bee considered it a "more low-key" affair that was "less brash" than Millionaires. Vocalist Tim Booth left the band after their December UK tour; the final show of which was released as the Getting Away with It. English Beefcake" stars a man who ends relationships, while being hesitant in causing pain as a result of them.

House in the Woods studios; producer credit was split between Brian Eno, guitarist/violinist Saul Davies, KK and the band. They had written over 30 tracks for inclusion on their next record; on the opening night, the band played seven of these new songs. A year after its release, it occurred to Booth that the song was about his son, whose middle name was Daniel, and his goddaughter Grace.

ChartAttack wrote that fans of the band's earlier hits, such as "Sit Down" and "Laid", would be "disappointed with this disc," however, "longtime James fans should find much to enjoy. Getting Away with It (All Messed Up)" premiered on BBC Radio 1 on 18 May 2001; the band appeared on Later.

Throughout July and September, the band performed at the T in the Park, Guildford Live, City in the Park, [30] Witnness, [35] Benicàssim, and Annual Youth Music festivals, across the UK, Spain and Portugal. He added that the album had an underlying theme of distaste for "habits, addictions, [and] impulses that we can't control. Space" begins as a Radiohead-esque track with an electro intro before shifting into chorus sections in the vein of Simple Minds. with Jools Holland later that day, [29] and performed "Falling Down" and "Getting Away with It (All Messed Up)". What Is It Good For" was engineered by Pettit and mixed by him, James and Bascombe at House in the Woods and Whitfield.On 19 June, Dotmusic revealed the album's artwork, which is a computer-generated image that merged all of the members' faces. On 6 September, the band announced their departure from Mercury [36] after completing their six-album contract, though they planned to release a compilation and reissue their back catalogue in the future through the label. This is about finding a way to represent our collective spirit,” says James frontman Tim Booth, discussing the band’s curious new figurehead.

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