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Inhale [Import]

JAMES MICHAEL Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)


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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 4, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: October 4, 2004
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Beyond
  • ASIN: B00004X0AM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,252 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Inhale
2. January
3. Chemical
4. Slack
5. Luxuride
6. Note To Self
7. Another Trip Home
8. Simple Thing
9. I'm OK With This
10. Is She Really Going Out With Him?
11. Down
12. Say It Once More

Editorial Reviews

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It takes a healthy ego to write and largely self-record a debut as self-assured and as musically infectious as this recording. But it takes an artist to turn that sense of self on its head, scraping the underside of the very ambition and narcissism that got him this far for inspiration and enlightenment. Meet James Michael. With not much more than a brief stint in the Riverdogs on his resumé, coupled with a discerning taste for 1970s and '80s pop-rock (not a lick of tired irony in his cover of Joe Jackson's "Is She Really Goin' Out with Him?"), Michael's musical instincts seem remarkably sound. It's tempting to toss off one of those cheap comparisons--Kurt Cobain's often fragile self-awareness crossed with Bryan Adams's refined chart-pop instincts--but that does none of the parties any justice, especially Michael himself. On a debut that sets its pop-sense bar remarkably high from the opening moments of the buoyantly self-deprecating title track, Michael peruses his soul with bemused curiosity. And if the comically imperfect relationships the singer outlines sometimes sour, he tellingly wags a finger at himself in the mirror, then shrugs it off and gets on with life. There's a bittersweet sense of honesty to his reedy ballads--witness the casual drug references that are as real as they are tragicomic. If Michael's career consistently delivers as well as this record does, he's going to have a lot to be inspired and bemused by real soon. --Jerry McCulley

Customer Reviews

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Disc October 10, 2000
This is an amazing disc. The more I listen to it, the more I like it. This guy is clearly a gifted songwriter, and has bared his soul on this album. While powerfully emotive, the tunes also have incredibly catchy hooks, and a timeless rock and roll appeal that will survive long after the other trendy big hits of the day have evaporated from my consciousness. Buy this disc -- you won't regret it. I'm already looking forward to the next effort from James!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inhale, by James Michael July 26, 2011
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I have to admit, it was very hard listening to this album the first time because I could hear the pain in his voice. I could feel what he was talking about; but that's the way he is. In all the albums I've heard him sing in, I could hear and feel the emotion he was portraying. After listening to it the second time, I realized he's not here anymore. He has moved beyond this point in his life...that made it so much easier to listen to. So sit back and listen to some good music!
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1.0 out of 5 stars Bon Jovi meets The Goo Goo Dolls November 12, 2013
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You know those slow nowhere songs Bon Jovi has filled all of his albums since Keep the Faith (Dry County)? How about The Goo Goo Dolls sound? Hurry, name something other than Iris. This is not the Sixx A.M. James Michael. The only thing that stands out about this album is it's total lack of a hook. I wanted to like this. Hell, I wanted to love this. I played this for a week, hoping something would jump out and stick. Instead, the cd is in the back of my truck somewhere now. This is a fine cd as a curiosity. Musically, it is cliché and boring. Then again, if you dig all the pointless Bon Jovi filler songs, this is for you.
P.S. For all of you haters: I am a Bon Jovi fan and a Sixx A.M. fan. I don't like wasting my money on a cd of nothingness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Are you Really In Love? August 13, 2013
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Yes, Im talking to the Sixx:A.M. fans who come here looking for the JM they only think they know. That man you will not find here. He was at a differant time and place in his carreer. This was his "Diary" and he did it his way, with all his little quirks and pouring his heart and soul into it. It is a great album, and I love it just as much as THD and TIGH! Listening to this album you can see why Nikkii chose him to help co-write with him on THD, and to be the front man for Sixx:A.M.!!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Sigh... March 19, 2013
By hmaddox
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This was so boring! I have only listened to it once and couldn't even listen to some of the songs all the way through. Nothing like Sixx A.M.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable November 15, 2012
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This is an enjoyable album. I will say that JM voice has improved over the years. Love the lyrics to Inhale,Another trip home & note to self. Not sure why JM put is she really going out with him on the album... its a fun song and he does it well... just don't know if it fits. All in all, good album. check out some of his other work on SixxAM. Good stuff.
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