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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.Read more ›
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.