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Superbi CD


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  • Audio CD (15 May 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: SonyBmg
  • ASIN: B000F3A99E
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,398 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Rose Of My Cologne
2. Manchester
3. There Is Song
4. The Cat Loves The Mouse
5. The Next Verse
6. When Romance Is Dead
7. Meanwhile
8. Space
9. Bed Of Nails
10. Never Lost A Chicken To A Fox
11. From Now On
12. Tears

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nader on 15 May 2006
Format: Audio CD
The Beautiful South return with their 10th studio album, Superbi. And as a long-time fan of the band it was pleasing to hear just how fresh the band sound after all these years. Saying that the album represents a 'change in direction' would be going a little too far, but there is a lot on this album that is different from what they have done before. There are new sounds, instruments, styles, yet the album avoids sounding experimental. Superbi is the closest to country the band have sounded, yet converseley at the same time its the closest to rock they've ever been.

There are some tracks that are very typical in style of Paul Heaton - current single 'Manchester' is remeniscant of the 1994 hit Good as Gold, the finale 'Tears' is strikingly remeniscant of The Real Blues which appears on Heaton's solo album Fat Chance. At the same time there are songs on here that sound nothing like anything they've done before. The best examples are 'The rose of my cologne' and 'Never lost a chicken to a fox', and the final minute of 'From now on' sounds almost like something out of Chicago.

For me, the stand out track on this album (and my tip for the second single) would be 'When romance is dead'. The lyrics are very astute, and this for me is one of the best ballads the band have done, it is heavier and more guitar and drum orientated, especially towards the end. I think this song would be very radio friendly, and given the necessary air-play (which sadly the band never seem to get any more) could be a big single.

This is a very good album. Certain tracks may not grab you at first, but they will grow on you with repeated listenings.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Kay Langford on 18 May 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Being a die hard fan of The Beautiful South, I was excited to hear that they were releasing a new album. I pre ordered Superbi and it arrived just a few days ago. I haven't stopped listening to it since. First impression was that there was nothing new here but after just a few plays it grabbed my attention. The lyrics are quirky and cleverly written.

Not sure I like the country & western sound that this album has adopted, but nevertheless, the tunes are catchy. I especially love 'Manchester'. (Very brave of the band considering they will be playing there this forthcoming tour!!).

Listen carefully to the lyrics, give the album a chance and you won't be dissapointed.

Still love the 'old stuff' best though!

Kay
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. B. Ager on 15 Jun 2006
Format: Audio CD
Well, we all allowed the South the indulgence of the covers album, even bought it for the hoot of having Olivia Neutron-Bomb and Blue Oyster Cult's finest moments cut down to size, but the five year wait for some decent original material has tried the patience more than somewhat.

Lyrically this album is spot on, by turns fragrant, sharp, whimsical, droll and acerbic. Age must have caught up with them because, apart from the clapped out old bus on the cover, there's a good helping of ruminating on mature love and relationships (Cat Loves The Mouse, where one naughty word earns the album its black and white sticker, and When Romance Is Dead), as well as the tribute to home town Manchester. But there is still time for social comment, as they touch upon such things as the public attacment to the cult of celebrities and soaps rather than the troubles in the world (Meanwhile).

Musically, things are on the whole a little more jaunty and uptempo than we're used to. There is a distinct country flavour, with banjos, mandolins and honky-tonk pub pianos much in evidence. Tunes and melodies are subtle - there is nothing that grabs you immediately or will sell a million - and grow on you. Paul, Dave and Alison's vocals are as strong as ever, and they combine and contrast perfectly.

Overall, it's a good album, not earth-shattering, but it'll do for now. At least it sounds as if they enjoyed recording it. And, by the way, the only difference between this and the limited edition is the packaging - this is the jewel case version.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By James Garratt on 4 May 2006
Format: Audio CD
Superbi is the 9th studio album, not counting Carry on up the Charts and the Covers album.

It's been 17 years since the Beautiful South appeared and has the idea gone stale, or can they still capture the listener's imagination.

In fairness their last album of original material, Gaze was a mixed bag. The covers album did little to endear people although it received some critical acclaim.

Superbi needs to be a good album, it needs freshness, it needs something else, and it needs conviction and belief.

Does it have it? Well having heard a pre release version I am pleased say it does, it certainly bristles with confidence, the sort that has been lacking for the last few years.

It also bristles with new instruments, not heard before on a South album and new styles, most notably a country feel, especially tracks like Rose of my Cologne and Never Lost a Chicken to a Fox. These tracks are going to split people, personally I love them, and they sound fresh and different.

Lyrically the album is as strong as ever - from the lyrics to the excellent Meanwhile to the sadness and beauty of Bed of Nails, Paul Heaton does not let us down.

The album is preceded by the track Manchester - a jaunty upbeat number that does seem the immediate choice from the album.

This album is a real move away from previous Beautiful South Albums, it is still recognisable them as Beautiful South, but there seems to be a revolution happening here. Here though lies perhaps the problem, there are no poor songs as such, but in terms of style the album is not always consistent. Hearing a country influenced song one moment then suddenly a bitter sweet relationship song the next in traditional South Style can be a little disconcerting.
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