It's hard to describe James. They're brit-pop-ish, but can't be defined or wholly contained within the genre. They have a singer/songwriter quality, but also rock out as a fully-realized band. The British media tried to kill them with Smiths comparisons, but they're just as much R.E.M. as they are The Smiths. So yeah, I dunno. They're just really really good and you owe it to yourself to listen to this album.