Turning the Mind

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  • Summary: James Chapman releases his follow up to his Mercury Music Prize-nominated album, "We Can Create."

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Valium In The Sunshine
You make me So good to be around Feeling like you should Won't get you down I've been crawling Through the morning Soporific, never lazy Mind's... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Filter
    Though Maps is ona simple level known for James Chapman's spacey and cinematic sound, the new direction--or variety of directions--are all equally as wonderful, even if they are unrelated. [Fall 2009, p.106]
  2. It's the best pop album about beating depression since 1983's Soul Mining by The The. Buy now, and avoid the winter rush for Prozac.
  3. At times, Chapman seems in danger of being too earnest or letting his ambitions get the better of him, but Turning the Mind ends up being a significant step forward for Maps' music.
  4. Mojo
    He's still a remix away from getting played at Gatecrasher, but full marks for effort all the same. [Nov 2009, p.95]
  5. Under The Radar
    While it feels like there is no hope for them ever coming out of the dark place they exist in to take part of the pleasures in the outiside world, in contrast, Chapman is having quite an enjoyable time here with the ret of us humans. [Fall 2009, p.59]
  6. The uptempo songs on Turning the Mind suggest disco that’s been hollowed out and confined to a solitary outpost, where Mr. Chapman has only his isolation to sustain him.
  7. Despite the odd catchy moment such as ‘Die Happy, Die Smiling’ you’re left thinking that those yodelling fucking elf-botherers Sigur Ros have got a lot to answer for.

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