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  • Audio CD (24 Oct. 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Mercury Records Ltd (London)
  • ASIN: B00002617H
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,501 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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It's hard to credit now, but when 0898 was released, it seemed as though The Beautiful South's commercial peak may have been behind them. Rave had effectively taken over the airwaves, and with critics salivating over all things baggy, Paul Heaton and Dave Rotheray's songs were suddenly finding trouble being heard. 0898 failed to spawn any significant hits and yet all the quintessential Beautiful South hallmarks abound: Heaton's spirited defence of the barfly ("Old Red Eyes Is Back", "The Domino Man"); a bilious castigation of burgeoning lad culture; and the royalty-baiting "We'll Deal With You Later". They're often derided for being middle-of-the-road, and in as much as 0898 owes more to Bacharach than The Stooges, it's true. But it takes a melodic nous like Dave Rotheray's to usher a worldview like Heaton's into so many homes. How ironic that "We Are Each Other" chooses as its target the kind of partners who lovingly feed each other at restaurants. Heaton and Rotheray are as near as you'll find to a songwriting equivalent. --Peter Paphides

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan James Romley on 1 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Infectious sonic horizons, lyrical intelligence, expert musicianship... this is The Beautiful South in all their creative glory; swamping their songs in traditional pop structures, mellow arrangements, and as ever, bitingly cynical lyrics. The mood switches from joyous to heartbreaking at a regular pace, as Heaton casts his ever creative eye over everything from drunken old has-beens, to dirty old sluts, touchy-feely couples, royalist defeat and of course... relationship difficulties.
It sounds miserable but it isn’t. Rotheray’s detailed compositions complement Heaton’s lyrics perfectly, creating a bold and always interesting fusion of lounge jazz and Beatle-pop; whilst Jon Kelly’s multi-layered production elevates the album to the realms of prog-rock perfection. This is most notable on the later half of the album where amazing sonic-arrangements add an atmospheric depth to such songs as Here it is Again, Something that you Said, and the closing number, When I’m 84.
Elsewhere, we find the striking voice of Briana Corrigan who adds an element of dramatic beauty to songs like Rocking Chair, Bell-bottomed Tear, and I’m Your No. 1 Fan, which all certainly benefit from the feminine touch... this was sadly her last album with the band, cemented by Heaton’s somewhat misogynistic composition Mini-Correct on the follow up album Miaow, from which she was sourly missed.
Following on in the tradition of I Love You (But You’re Boring) and Should Have Kept My Eyes Shut from the first two albums, 0898 features one of the best titled pop songs ever. The wonderfully colloquial You Play Glockenspiel, I’ll play Drums not only has the most intricate rhyming scheme of any of the tracks on the album, but also has the most detailed subject matter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 Oct. 2012
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This 1992 album was The Beautiful South's third and it is my favourite of theirs, combining some brilliantly infectious pop melodies with Paul Heaton's characteristically witty, angry and insightful lyrics. OK, sound-wise the band (for me) never had quite the level of invigoration (or rawness) that Heaton's previous band, The Housemartins, had during their all too brief life, but the highly polished sound of 0898 is still compelling listening. Of course, Heaton has always had a very acute pop music sensibility - which somehow, I'm really not sure why, sits rather oddly with his obviously deeply held political beliefs - and on 0898 he (together with album producer Jon Kelly) has created a sound reminiscent of a number of '1980s bands' (at their very best), such as ABC (listen to the keyboards on I'm Your No. 1 Fan, for example) and Squeeze (for example, the vocal and mood of Something That You Said).

0898 contains a series of sublime songs, featuring alternately Heaton and Dave Hemingway on lead vocal, with Briana Corrigan singing lead on a couple of songs (The Rocking Chair and Bell-bottomed Tear). Album opener Old Red Eyes Is Back is another Heaton account of the perils of alcoholism, an addiction of course from which he himself suffered. This is probably is his most powerful account of the subject, containing some caustic lyrics ('You never listened to a word the doctor said, he told you if you drank another you'd be dead'). Heaton then addresses a series of his (mostly well established) bugbears, with some brilliant lyrics (and melodies) on We'll Deal With It Later (royalty; 'Don't worry if it's Queen or Duke try scything down the pair'), 36D (women's sexualisation; 'I hear you've turned our young men into dribbling clowns'), I'm Your No.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 May 2001
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I started to like the Beautiful South since Perfect 10, as I had never been aware of them before (They started when I was only 2 years old). I had Quench and Painting it Red, and then I saw all their other albums in the shop, each of them going cheaply. Realising the bargain, I bought them all immediately, and it didn't take long for me to see that this album is clearly the best of the lot. This album doesn't have a single weak track on it, and almost all of the tracks are upbeat (a big contrast to the next two albums Miaow and Blue is the colour which are mainly down beat.) The album starts off with two of the released tracks Old Red eyes and We Are Each other. We then have a more laid back track called the Rocking Chair, and then it mostly upbeat from there until you get to Bell Bottomed Tear. When I'm 84 is a great end to the album. The best tracks are Old Red Eyes, The Rocking Chair, Domino Man, 36D, and I'm Your Number One Fan. If you liked Quench, or any other upbeat works by The Beautiful South, then you simply have to get this album. If you preferred Miaow or Blue is the Colour, then you might as well get this album, but don't expect any laid back feel to it.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Si on 28 Jan. 2004
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The third album from 'The Beautiful South' is probably their best. They've always been able to write some at times hilariously irreverent, yet on the other hand, occasionally gloomy lyrics. But with the darker ones, they've always been able to cover them up with some highly uplifting and perfectly crafted pop music. This album sums this up perfectly, as though they've always used strings and piano's in their music, they do that here, while not falling into the trap they fell in with their follow-up album 'Miaow,' where they maybe overdo it slightly.
This album is incredible, in that it's possibly their most uplifting musically, but lyrically it still deals with many dark sides to human nature. They also haven't lost their political agenda, going back to when Paul Heaton and Dave Hemingway were in 'The Housemartins.' Themes here include alcoholism ('Old Red Eyes Is Back'), domestic violence ('The Rocking Chair'), the downfall of The Royal Family ('We'll Deal With You Later'), the sleazy lifestyles of 'Page 3 girls' ('36D'), bad relationships ('Something That You Said') obsessive relationships ('We Are Each Other') and ageing ('When I'm 84'). The aforementioned song, 'Domino man' and 'I'm Your No. 1 Fan' are probably the only songs on the album that are generally light-hearted lyrically, though these too have their dark moments. The lyrics are ambiguous throughout, drawing comparisons with 'Morrissey,' where you don't know whether to smirk like a goon, or sigh at the sadness; Usually you do both, which makes it all the more captivating.
The reason this is their best album is that other BS albums have been (only slightly) hindered by the odd one or two weak tracks. There are barely no weak songs here.
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