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  • Audio CD (22 Sept. 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Mercury Records Ltd (London)
  • ASIN: B000006STW
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,759 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Hold On To What? 6:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  7. Hooligans Don't Fall In Love 4:44£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Hidden Jukebox 3:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Hold Me Close (Underground) 5:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Tattoo 4:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Mini-Correct 3:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
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CD Go Beat, 828507-2 Jewel Case 12 Track 1997

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan James Romley on 15 Jan. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Here, the South develop on the more-polished sound they developed on their previous record, 0898, whilst laying the groundwork for the more popular albums to come. The sound and lyrical concerns are pretty much as they were on the previous releases, with the soul exception of new vocalist Jackie Abbott... who replaced the excellent Briana Corrigan after a dispute over the lyrical content found here.
In all fairness, Abbot does an admirable job on a number of duets with co-vocalists Heaton and Hemmingway, as well as giving a strong solo performance of Fred Neil’s classic, Everybody’s Talking; one of this record’s biggest hits. Elsewhere, Heaton takes charge of the majority of the cuts, crooning along in his trademark style, whilst proving once again that he is perhaps Britain’s most underrated soul singer.
The album’s instrumentation is as layered and varied as ever, moving effortlessly from soft pop-ballads to more witty, folk infused numbers. There’s also elements of funk and dub on the Norman Cook collaboration, Hooligans Don’t Fall in Love, which features probably the best Rotheray guitar arrangement since Girlfriend, from the first South album, Welcome To... Needless to say, the musicianship of the band as a whole is - as-ever - faultless.
Other stylistic detours here include a sideline into Beach Boys-style jangle pop with the record’s biggest hit, Good as Gold (Stupid as Mud). Though the title may not seem immediately recognisable, I assure you that the classic hook-line “I want my love, my joy, my laugh my smile, my needs... I want my sun-drenched, wind-swept Ingrid Bergman kiss” will have you tapping your foot like nobody’s business.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Merry Terry on 29 Aug. 2006
Format: Audio CD
Album number four came out with a sombre face.

Opener "Hold On To What?" showed that the songwriting was still first-rate but tracks like "Worthless Lie" and "Tattoo" suggets something might have been eating at Mr Heaton.

"Prettiest Eyes" is simply charming and "Good As Gold" is irresistable.

However, some of the material on here, such as "Mini Correct" is unsettling and not particularly likeable and lack depth.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By "tvfan2" on 16 Dec. 2001
Format: Audio CD
As someone who has been a huge fan of the Beautiful South now for 8 years, it always frustrates me the way they are often frowned upon as merely "middle of the road" and are never really fully appreciated by most of the so-called music press. OK, so they will never be an important band or change anyones lives but they have made some truly underrated albums in their time. However, by saying that I mean those albums made prior to the release of 1994's 'Carry On Up The Charts' compliation, because after that it all went too commercial for my liking. 'Miaow' is the one album of theirs I can always go back to and become completely overrawed by. Paul Heaton's lyrics are as effective and moving as anything penned by the likes of say, Thom Yorke, and if there is one thing he and co-writer Dave Rotheray know how to do well it's to write near-on perfect pop songs such as 'Good As Gold'. Excluding maybe just the cover of 'Everybody's Talkin', I love every track on here. Stand outs being the opener 'Hold On To What', 'Prettiest Eyes', 'Mini Correct' and 'Worthless Lie' - a sharp and quite beautiful tale about two ex-lovers, still longing for each other whilst both now involved in new relationships. Its also the first album to showcase Jacqui Abbott's vocals, who proved an equally good, if not better, vocalist than her predecessor Briana Corrigan. 'Miaow' and 'Welcome To The Beautiful South' still remain the band's defining moments in a 7 studio album career. After the disappointing commercial success of 'Painting It Red', I think most TBS fans are at the moment a little lost as to what their next move will be. I hope they don't call it a day anyway. Whatever happens, 'Miaow' is still up their in my all time top 5 albums.Read more ›
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mitch on 24 Jun. 2003
Format: Audio CD
Miaow is definately one of The Beautiful souths finest albums. It is not too everyones taste , and shows the extremeties of their lyrics and music.
Hold on , the opening track is a fairly average B.S. song. Many will be familiar with Good as gold, Prettiest eyes and Everybodys talking which all feature on Carry on up the charts. Prettiest eyes may be the most moving song they've written.
The rhythm of Hooligans.... is very catchy, and the 'undergound'feel of Hold me close is captured brilliantly here.
Hidden Jukebox is probably the weakest song on the album. Mini - correct is a good song, but not for the easily offended.
Worthless lie is another one of those cynical songs that is hidden by great melodies
I'm not sure i like the end song, but even so it is very compelling. The raw and emotional Poppy tells of soldiers fighting with reference to 'Beadles about', the old tv program.
However this is an album to own if you're a fan of their style or of great tunes generally.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 13 May 2011
Format: Audio CD
This fourth release from the Beautiful South continues their manifesto of writing cynical, thoughtful songs about real life but with foot tapping jaunty, jazzy/bluesy/soulful musical arrangements. There are many instances of almost perfect pop to be found here, great music that bears repeat listens and never fails to have you singing along and finding new meaning in the lyrics.

The mood of the band swings around somewhat on this release; from the downbeat opener `Hold On' and the sad tale of loneliness that is `Especially For You' to the jaunty `Good as Gold' and `Prettiest eyes' to the rather odd `Mini Correct' and `Poppy'. Despite the disparate tempos and moods it somehow comes together as a pleasing, cohesive whole and is a top notch listening experience. Following this the band played it a little safer with material designed to be radio friendly hits. This last truly boundary pushing effort however is one of their best albums. Especially if you like music that is a little out of the usual pigeon holes.
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