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  • Audio CD (19 Mar. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Spectrum Audio
  • ASIN: B00004ZE8G
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,228 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Painting It Red

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The Beautiful South are one of the few bands who have always managed to be AOR without venturing too far into MOR. Painting It Red is no exception. The tunes are all radio-ready pop but, as is typical of the Beautiful South, the lyrics pack a bit of a kick. Moreover, as the band members gets older, so do their themes. So while they are singing about love like a proper pop group should, the words "husband", "wife" and "partner" pop up quite a bit (three words you would be hard-pressed to find uttered by their teenage peers in the charts). Elsewhere, they sing about relationships amid expanding waistlines and greying hairs ("'Til You Can't Tuck It In"), backaches ("If We Crawl") and loveless marriages ("Final Spark"). Theirs has never been a particularly cheery lot in life, but even by the Beautiful South's standards, Painting It Red is a dark album. Reality is a bitter pill to swallow, so it's fortunate that the Beautiful South wrap it up in sugar. --Ted Kord

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By "policyoftruth" on 5 Feb. 2001
Format: Audio CD
You've been drinking too much and depriving her of the time you said you'd spend with her. It's all there, in this album's lyrics. In the end, you're glumly forced to admit they're telling the truth. And it hurts, because when The Beautiful South sing the truth, they make no attempt to dress it up in cosy little euphemisms.
"We still got closer than most" rings the central line of Closer Than Most, the album's first single and second track, but the edge of guilt in Paul Heaton's voice suggests this is only half the story and we're left to guess the other half. Later on "Love takes time, we all agree" is followed up by "but time's not the easiest to please". Moments of unbearable poignancy here are levied with humour, as is the norm on a Beautiful South album, although the humour here is a few shades darker. The overall mood is resignation that this is as good as life's going to get. And the band breaks all the rules of the Pop Album in getting their message across.
Rule One - all pop albums must start with a cheery number. With this (obviously not) in mind, Painting It Red opens with Who's Gonna Tell, a serious meditation on the ageing process and how most of us go into denial. No self-help manual ever contained truer words than the following - "it's the news that everyone dreads, you're no longer painting it red".
Yes, the truth hurts, no matter how you choose to dress it up. While 1998's Quench was The Beautiful South at their pop-friendly best, Painting It Red is easily their most fully realised album. Everything fits beautifully. There might be fat on the bones of the ordinary joes they sing about but there's no flab on this album. Indeed, Painting It Red might be the album, which puts the beautiful into Beautiful South.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 Jun. 2001
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What can I say? I loved this. My only complaint is that at 19 tracks it can be a bit of an endurance test- if it had been pruned a bit (removing 'The River', 'Masculine Eclipse', 'Chicken Wings' and 'Hit Parade' jump to mind) it would have been even better. But still, the South are one of the best and most honest bands out there. They're always seen as gloomy, but I've always thought this was a misnomer for the band that produced 'Perfect 10', 'Prettiest Eyes' and, on this record, 'Til You Can't Tuck It In' (the only real love song ever produced by a pop group) and 'The Mediterranean'. They're still the best.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mitch on 5 Sept. 2003
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What can I say? Another classic from the Beautiful south. critics say this album is to be enjoyed by adults. i'm 17 and still find it great. Its a long album by any groups standards and although some tracks wouldn't be very missed- A little piece of advice ,the river and Hit parade namely, all the songs are great. it does take a bit of getting used to- unlike Choke and Quench where they're instantly likeable. the faster songs on this album are better- Till you can't tuck it in , You can call me leisure, and Half hearted get for example.
Heaton and Rotheray have not lost their song writing touch here and it is probably one of their best albums. I can guarantee that you'll be singing songs such as Just checkin', Closer than most and Whos gonna tell everyday and it is one album that won't be out of your cd player.
I eagerly await the release of the new album 'Gaze' out in October- if its as good as this we won't be disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Dec. 2000
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As someone whose followed the Beautiful South for 7 years now, I eagerly awaited the release of Painting It Red as I do with all their albums. I have to admit, its by no means their best (Miaow still can claim that honour), but Paul and Dave R still manage to write good song after good song and after a few listens the album instantly grew on me. 'You Can Call Me Leisure' is genius, as is 'Hot On The Heels Of Heartbreak' and 'Property Quiz', which nobody else ever seems to mention but it features a great vocal by Paul. It would be nice if they would experiment a bit now and again, but at the end of the day, you always know what to expect with a Beautiful South album and so you never really want them to change. The album hasn't sold very well but so what? Those who have bought it know they've purchased a good album. I saw them live at Brixton last Tuesday (12th Dec), and was suprised by how many old tracks they did. Whether this was due to Jacqui's departure or not I don't know but it would have been nice to have heard some of the new stuff live. But they managed to cope without her well enough (Paul and Dave H singing 'Perfect 10' was a highlight!). It will be interesting to see where they go from here after Jacqui leaving, but you can always guarantee that Paul and Dave R will not stop doing what they are good at - writing great songs.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Sinclair on 14 May 2006
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This was my first beautiful south album, after "Solid Bronze" and its amazing. All songs have a great melody and are really catchy. This album made me fall in love with the band, and get all their albums. Its great the way there's 19 songs on the album, so it was a while before it left my cd player. What made me get the album was when I heard the song "just checking" on the radio, it got me more into them than i already was. This album is a must for any south fan, and is by far their best, I love it so much. Paul Heaton, Dave Hemingway and Jacqueline Abott sound lovely taking lead on the songs, and always make me want to sing along. The lyrics may seem suprising at times, for what type of happy music they do, but I think it makes it sound even better. An amazing album, good title for it as well! Can't wait till their new one comes out.
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