James’s powers of reinvention take on varying forms throughout the ‘Greatest Hits’ album.
Stripped of its pop-leaning production and Nelly Furtado’s featured vocal, ‘Broken Strings’ is a far more sombre experience that gains a deeper emotional impact. His breakthrough ‘You Give Me Something’ has a more nuanced live feel, not only within the music but also with his now huskier, bluesy tone, while ‘I Won’t Let You Go’ takes on a fervent, gospel-tinged energy. And ‘You Make It Real’ is a particularly stellar example of James channelling all of the ups and downs that come with long-term relationships to sing a love song that comes straight from the heart. Both versions of the songs co-exist very naturally together. The originals still have the freshness that they first had, but now they have a wealth of memories attached to them. Meanwhile, the newer versions show that a great song can evolve very organically over time, especially as an artist’s ability grows in tandem.
- Who's Gonna Love Me Now?
- Don't Mess With Love
- You Give Me Something (Refreshed)
- Broken Strings (Refreshed)
- Wonderful World (Refreshed)
- I Won't Let You Go (Refreshed)
- You Make It Real (Refreshed)
- This Boy (Refreshed)
- Precious Love (Refreshed)
- Please Don't Stop The Rain (Refreshed)
- Too Late For Lullabies (Refreshed)
- My Love Goes On Feat. Joss Stone (Refreshed)
- So Beautiful (Refreshed)
- Up (Refreshed)
- The Pieces Don't Fit Anymore (Refreshed)