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The Cross Eyed Rambler [CD]

Paul Heaton Audio CD
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The warm, mellifluous voice of Paul Heaton often masks the jagged satirical content of his lyrics. From pointed political jabs like “The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death” to darkly comical love stories such as “Something That You Said,” Heaton′s work with the Housemartins and the Beautiful South has had countless listeners obliviously humming along to his ... Read more in Amazon's Paul Heaton Store

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  • Audio CD (7 July 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: W14
  • ASIN: B0019KBXF6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,364 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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BBC Review

Finally throwing in the hat with the Beautiful South in 2007 has seen Paul Heaton really have a proper think about a solo career it seems. Whereas his previous album under the Biscuit Boy (a.k.a. Crackerman) alias suffered from a lack of focus (and too many producers) Cross Eyed Rambler has no such problems. The album can only be described as displaying Heaton in rude health. Following the faintly creepy 78 crackle of the title track opener, I Do bursts out of the traps like a band led by someone half his age. Maybe he's finally getting sick of all these Northern whelps stealing the thunder he raised back in the good old real days of indie.

Sure, there''s a hint of nostalgia fitting to his increasing years (the a capella days of The Housemartins gets a little reprise on the chorus of The Pub), but overall the new band (and it is a band, called The Sound Of Paul Heaton) of Tom Chapman, Brian Edwards and Steve Trafford makes Cross Eyed Rambler a boisterous bag of real rock. It may not be the 'new direction' that many have talked of - it's still jaunty enough to avoid any full-on Stooges comparisons here - but it's certainly ballsier than we had any right to expect.

There was always a touch of young fogyism to Heaton's work. Here it's given full throat on the loping Everything Is Everything. A suitably grumpy coda to a fine record. Elsewhere, subject-wise, Heaton's not straying from the things close to his spiritual heart. Small town attitudes (A Good Old Fashioned Town), political leftism (God Bless Texas) and love in the REAL world (The Ring From Your Hand), but buoyed up by such irrepressible grooves it's all very palatable. Not only does it signal a proper fighting chance for a solo career for 46-year-old Heaton, but it's also good news for those who found The Beautiful South's material a little too sweet and soft round the edges. And while there's even room for a south-of-the-border twang and torch on Deckchair Collapsed, in the end this is local music for local people: Intelligent, humorous and adult but ultimately quintessentially English. And all the better for it too. --Chris Jones

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now this IS Superbi! 14 July 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As someone who was barely satisfied with what could be The Beautiful South's last ever studio album, 'Superbi', I am more than pleased that Paul Heaton's second solo album is a far more raucous and memorable affair than many of the recent Beautiful South efforts. This is an album which, unlike 'Superbi', you will want to replay again and again. It has life, warmth, caustic wit and humour. It also has plenty of great memorable tunes (the single 'Mermaids And Slaves' is certainly as good as, if not better than, anything The Beautiful South have released this decade) and is packed full of brilliant lyrics which deal, often cynically and near-brutally, with the modern world and its often less than consistent inhabitants;

"Let's fool and coerce/The singer of verse/Died of insufferable pain,
Let's fuel the dream/Every Buckley or Dean/Was genius, misjudged or insane"
('Mermaids And Slaves')

"When someone starts a sentence/With 'I'm not racist but'
You know that the sentence is bound to end/With where they think they should be put
So next time you hear them singing/Of A land so free and brave
You know the place they hang their flag/Is where they hung their slave"
('A Good Old Fashioned Town')

"And the thin are getting thinner/The big are getting bigger
Till 5 and 75 year olds/Worry 'bout their figure
The big are getting bigger/The thin are getting thinner
Till everyone's looking (everyone's cooking)/At everyone else's dinner"
('Everything Is Everything')

I don't want to pull this album apart, track-by-track, because I really don't want to give too much away, but I believe that the content and style will be recognisable to every fan of The Housemartins, The Beautiful South and solo Heaton.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't ramble, pay attention 11 July 2008
By I. H. C. Mellor VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I was very sad to hear the demise of the Beautiful South, but having already got Paul's previous album 'Fat Chance', the new album was a must. It has arrived and I am not disappointed, it is excellent. Lyrical as is all Paul's work with loads of catchy songs. Many of these tracks hark back to the 'Housemartins' with a much more basic sound and lots of energy. Much of the 'Beautiful South's' work was very melodic and carefully structured, this album seems to be a lot more basic, and I think is really good for that reason.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaton has far surpassed my expectations... 13 July 2008
Format:Audio CD
Although I enjoyed the final Beautiful South offering 'Superbi', it's not the one I'll be listening to frequently over the course of time. I think that I was kind of expecting Paul Heaton's 'Cross Eyed Rambler' to end up sounding reprocessed and lacking any life or originality. I am astonishingly blown away. I'm still in awe could he still be writing such incredible music after so many years!'. One would think the creative well would run dry at one point but I can honestly say, it seems his creative well is far far from dry. This cd just reminds me of a perfect blend of his entire career, there's a hint and dash from the Housemartins, and really from every Beautiful South disc. Lyrically, he is still as brilliant and witty as ever. Cheers to this incredible new release, I'm grinning from ear to ear, grateful and well, I know what will be on constant rotation for a long time to come.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A simply great piece of work 5 Jan 2009
Format:Audio CD
I was never a Beautiful South afficionado. I have always admired some of Paul Heaton's work but could not say I was a fan. I did like a lot of Housemartins stuff though. The point is ...... this isn't a recommendation from a B/South fan.

Anyway, this album is terrific. It's rare to get an album of such unremitting quality, with such a range of tracks. I just keep playing it and I find it hard to think of an album I have enjoyed more.

The only minor weakeness, in my view, is the first couple or tracks. After that, the tracks just get better and better.

I think the album is more Housemartins than Beautiful South, but that's probably an uneducated comment given that I don't have much B/S material.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Phd in pop (or should that be PdH?) 7 Feb 2010
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Firstly, ignore the 1 star review. This is subversive pop with great, catchy, memorable harmonies at its best. If you bought The South's last album "Superbi" then this is, actually, no real departure. there's a bit more of a musical edge and a defintie nod to noughties indie but also a reflection back to The Housemartins too. The lyrics are more Political than the personal political of The South but it's great to hear that Paul has still got something to say about the world and England. It's hard to fault this album really, other than saying it is faultless. Where each Beautiful South album had it's stinker of a track this doesn't really and maybe that's due to a lack of experimentation or just more focus, it's impossible to say but what is clear is that Paul Heaton is a much underappreciated icon of British pop in the same way Terry Hall or Edwyn Collins are.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 31 Jan 2014
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Heaton never fails, great album, with some future classics on this album. Five stars all the way, he just gets better.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lyrical genius shares his genius with us all 11 July 2008
Format:Audio CD
Paul Heaton has delivered a record of originality and energy. He has stripped back the layers of The Beautiful South and created a raw sound of guitar, bass, and drums. He is the Bertolt Brecht of modern music. Creating a theatre in his lyrics that questions and probes without pulling you in with sentimentality. He delivers the facts with poetry; and paints picture after picture. A wonderful record.
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