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Beverley Knight Audio CD
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Source Interlink***
  • ASIN: 555770275X
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beverley Knight the finest voice of her generation 29 April 2007
By eviex
Format:Audio CD
After a decade of successful contemporary Soul/RnB album's Beverley Knight gets back to the classic old school soul sound. If the likes of Sam Cooke, Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Otis Redding and Marvin Gaye are your 'thang' then this album is for you. Each track was recorded live, instead of layered, to keep that classic soul sound. Produced by Mark Nevers and featuring session musicians who have worked with legends like Al green and Elvis Presley. Also featuring, The Rolling Stones, Ronnie Wood (a huge fan of Ms Knight) on three tracks: 'Every Time You See Me Smile', 'Black Butta' and 'Ain't That A Lot Of Love'.

With fabulous song arrangements from the great piano groove on Ain't That A Lot Of Love to the catchy brass riffs on Queen Of Starting Over this album is guaranteed to get your toes `a' tapping.

The songs range from heart rending ballads like No Man's Land and After You thro' to get up n jump about floor fillers like Black Butta and a blistering cover of The Stones Time Is On My Side.

This is THE album to get you through the summer of 2007 with a smile on your face and a groove in your step.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So much better now she's doing proper music 15 Jun 2007
By ChrisD
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I'll admit, the Beverley Knight of the 90s largely passed me by. She was an R&B artist - admittedly a cut above most of her genre colleagues talent-wise - but R&B, or rather the production-line pap that calls itself R&B these days, tends to leave me cold. Old school soul, on the other hand, is another matter entirely. Since switching focus, Ms Knight has been a bit of a revelation. Her talent as a singer has never been in doubt, but now at last she is performing music that really does her justice. Gorgeous first single No Man's Land is no fluke, although neither is it indicative of the rest of this mainly upbeat, feelgood album. There is not a duff track in sight as our Bev sings her heart out on songs that have soul to spare.

The album is a nice balance of well-chosen and perfectly executed cover versions (two), original songs written by other people (three), and songs co-written by Beverley herself (all the rest), showing that she has songwriting talent to go with that fine voice. She has turned again to former collaborators, four of the songs being written with Martin Brammer (remember The Kane Gang, 80s children?), and two with former Robbie Williams puppeteer Guy Chambers. As before, the Chambers contributions are two of the rockier tracks - Black Butta and Saviour. Let's hope they don't meet with the same tiresome inverse snobbery from urban radio stations as their predecessor, the excellent Come As You Are.

There have been criticisms that the album is less than glowing with originality.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Real Soul! 10 May 2007
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To a long-time old school blues and soul freak like me, Beverley Knight has always been just a slightly superior artist of the variety usually (and to me unfathomably) referred to as 'RnB' so this attempt to produce a 'classic' soul album is a dangerous undertaking, to put it mildly, especially with the inclusion of songs associated with Irma Thomas and Aretha. So let it be said that this is a brilliant piece of work, with both the classic numbers and Beverley's own material done superbly, with her own musicians augmented by Nashville luminaries to good effect, and a bit of Ronnie Wood here and there. One of the records of the year in my humble estimation and a must-buy for soul aficionados!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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This is damn fine stuff! Like a number of other reviewers some of Bev's previous stuff has been a little 'soul-lite' for my tastes; that's not to say it's bad, on the contrary, just not my bag so to speak. Now this album, whoah it's fine, without the warbling histionics of some our trans atlantic cousins! Just does the business, job done. A British soul singer who should be cherished! However, to get 5 stars it would have to reach a pinnacle of her abilities AND be of it's time in dealing with social issues (in Britain) today, as some of the classic soul songs have i.e. Livin for the City, What's goin on etc.
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5.0 out of 5 stars She can do no wrong! 29 July 2007
Format:Audio CD
Saw Beverley on a BBC show and bought an album.Then ended up buying all her albums!Going to see her in concert in October.This particular album is brilliant.This women could sing the phone book and be brilliant!She is up there with the best in my opinion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This Is It.... 10 May 2007
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....the album that Beverley Knight has been threatening to make for a long time - she proves here that she can hold her own with and in most cases top any classic American soul singers. I really admire BK for not going along with all the other R&B wannabees or singers in their 30's plus who feel the only way forward is middle of the road smooth bland slush. I hope this album gets some good airplay - people will see that BK is a performer to be reckoned with. A few years ago I went to a Courtney Pine concert at the RFH and Beverley guested - she blew us all away with her great voice and choice of material. This latest album is a great selection of songs - new and old - her interpretation of Time is on my Side is pure classic - Fantastic!!!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beverley is such a talented singer and has a powerful ...
Beverley is such a talented singer and has a powerful and versatile voice. There are many stand out tracks here which will end up on my Pod but if you are a play the CD from start... Read more
Published 2 months ago by David Trist
4.0 out of 5 stars Its a grower.
This CD growers on you the more you play it as all the best albums do. BK's voice is as powerful as ever and the Mix of covers and new songs work well. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Kevin Oldman
4.0 out of 5 stars Beverley Knight takes us back in time and brings us another superb...
Following the success of her rendition of "Piece Of My Heart" which was included on her Best Of entitled "The Voice", it is no wonder that Miss Beverley Knight chose to follow this... Read more
Published on 13 Nov 2011 by Amillionmiles
2.0 out of 5 stars What was she thinking?
Oh dear. I like Bev a lot but can't find anything to enjoy in this one. In my opinion (and my wife's who I bought it for) it's bland with no memorable tunes at all. Read more
Published on 3 Oct 2010 by Moving Target
5.0 out of 5 stars still loving it
i realised the other day how long i have been playing this cd, its fantastic. so many different types of music as per usual from Beverley, she certainly is not a lazy musician. Read more
Published on 8 Jun 2008 by R. Storer
5.0 out of 5 stars Proves she is THE best British soul singer
I have been a fan of Beverley for a few years now (since growing out of my pop group stage!) and I have never been in doubt that she has one of the most amazing voices in the... Read more
Published on 30 Jun 2007 by Brida
4.0 out of 5 stars top album but lacks direction
I had high hopes for this album and i wasnt dissapointed. I watched Beverleys blog on youtube and she explains her intentions for the recording. Read more
Published on 23 Jun 2007 by T, Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Why are you reading this? Buy It Now!
Like other people I thought that She had amazing voice but was sated doing pop R&B nonsence. Now that she's doing Soul and her voice has somehow gotten better. Read more
Published on 21 Jun 2007 by Tim Healey
5.0 out of 5 stars Just go out and buy it
Beverley Knight has always been well above the average, and she has 3 excellent albums to her name, which have always hinted at the real Soul voice that she has, rather than... Read more
Published on 9 Jun 2007 by Andy Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars There ain't no other like Black Butta!
In terms of soul singers, in my humble opinion, Beverley Knight is peerless. The strength and range of her voice is simply breathtaking. Read more
Published on 22 May 2007 by The Inspired One
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