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Miaow [CD]

Beautiful South Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (22 Sep 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Mercury Records Ltd (London)
  • ASIN: B000006STW
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,090 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Hold On To What?
2. Good As Gold
3. Especialiy For You
4. Everybody's Talkin'
5. Prettiest Eyes
6. Worthless Lie
7. Hooligans Don't Fall In Love
8. Hidden Jukebox
9. Hold Me Close
10. Tattoo
11. Mini-Correct
12. Poppy

Product Description

CD Go Beat, 828507-2 Jewel Case 12 Track 1997

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4.6 out of 5 stars
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Only buy this if you’re lonely...! 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Dark, sad but accomplished 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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars underrated genius 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A strangely compelling album 24 Jun 2003
By Mitch
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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5.0 out of 5 stars the beautiful south's darker album 15 Mar 2005
Format:Audio CD
I love the band, and I love all their albums in one way or another but miaow is just a little cut above the rest. Each album has a theme I think (drink fuelled, arty, happy, lonely) but this one is the darker album I feel. My favourite song has to be mini correct. The brutal male over female song has the best lyrics possible "So you left me for another pretty face?" "That's not true I left you for one half the human race" is a good example and although some say it is a bit too masculine and not for the easily offended as a female I think it is hillarious and Paul has written plenty of songs that belittle men so I don't feel women should be offended by this song. Sit back and listen to the lyrics. Fantastic. Apart from Mini correct, stand out songs for me are Poppy, Good as Gold (stupid as mud) and espeically for you.
Great album, which has two different covers.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good tracks
Published 11 days ago by john
5.0 out of 5 stars Miaow
Not the music for any time but nice to sing along to and work to - its not going to jarr on the senses. Some I like moer than others but thats how it goes.
Published 7 months ago by Nighthawk
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab
Good quality CD - not the same cover as pictured but no matter - love this album - one of the South's best!
Published 16 months ago by Miss Leah-anne Shillito
3.0 out of 5 stars miaow the beautiful south
Love to buy beautiful south cds not for the hit songs on the record but the ones you never hear played,heaton is such a good writer of meaningful lyrics,
Published 20 months ago by david jilks
5.0 out of 5 stars ideal
some of the not so known songs by group
been a fan for a while,needed to listen to less well known hits
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Published 21 months ago by fleurplumb
5.0 out of 5 stars Flawless pop
'Miaow' is The Beautiful South's best album. A wonderful collection of flawless songs. No fillers on this album! Read more
Published on 12 Jun 2011 by GeneralCromwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Miaow: Beautiful South - An album that is as good as gold!
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... Read more
Published on 13 May 2011 by Victor
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful
Miaow from the Beautiful south is a really nice album.
Clever and candid.
Fed up with whats on offer at the moment, take a step back and check out some of
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Published on 9 Dec 2010 by johnny p
5.0 out of 5 stars Miaow - the cat got the cream
I am a big Beautiful South and Paul Heaton fan and they didn't disappoint with this CD. Just buy it if you like the band - cannot say any more than that.
Published on 13 Mar 2009 by Michael J. Pearson
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