We’ve lost the art of being young
It’s James going acoustic again – with synths
And that’s pretty much why Morning Comrades sticks to one’s mind. If it was just James and his guitar, we’d get a typical little acoustic b-side. But it’s got keyboards. A thick, atmospheric ocean of layered keyboard wallpaper. It’s amazing what one single musical addition can do to a song. As it turns out, it’s one of the better b-sides of the Send Away the Tigers period. It was also released as one of the Japanese bonus tracks for Tigers which gives it additional emphasised weight on the band’s behalf.
Still, that synthesizer wall wonderfully backs the defeated mood of the song, the longingly nostalgic and hopelessly defeatist lyrics. It turns the small, acoustic bonfire song into a grand epic without doing much. It not only adds to the emotional resonance, but also makes it stand out from the rest of the vast numbers of acoustic James moments in the band’s back catalogue.