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Under The Influence: Paul Heaton

Paul Heaton Audio CD
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The warm, mellifluous voice of Paul Heaton often masks the jagged satirical content of his lyrics. From pointed political jabs like “The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death” to darkly comical love stories such as “Something That You Said,” Heaton′s work with the Housemartins and the Beautiful South has had countless listeners obliviously humming along to his ... Read more in Amazon's Paul Heaton Store

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  • Audio CD (23 Feb 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: DMC
  • ASIN: B0001B0VCA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 114,048 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful compilation 29 Feb 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is the third in the Under the influence series I have bought, the others being Morrissey and Paul Weller, and I feel this latest entry offers the best insight into how these tunes have moulded the artists output. Heaton has been known to wear his influences on his sleeve in the past and this has been no bad thing, his love of soul has provided some highlights in his long and varied career, although this was most obvious in his Housemartins years. Therefore, there is little surprise in the inclusion of the legendary Al Green and Lee Dorsey.
Those who have listened to the most recent Beautiful South album, Gaze, will have noticed a strong country influence and there are a couple of according tracks here including Willie Nelson's Valentine. Heaton has not presented an entirely old school selection as the inclusion of such artists as Ugly Duckling testifies, but the older selections do sit more comfortably alongside Heatons own material. Elvis Cotello's Lipstick Vogue is a welcome surprise and one of the few homegrown tracks on the album, Heaton's tastes appear prominently Stateside.
There is a feeling that due to copyright reasons the selections for these albums may be a little limited, and this certainly shapes the flavour of the project, that said Heaton namechecks the also-rans in his sleevenotes in abundance, and we should be grateful he has not opted for the obvious.
I'm a great fan of Paul Heaton, I always have been, but I would love him to use these inspirations so much more in his music as each TBS album becomes more and more predictable. Even an album of cover versions would be welcome (The Housemartins' covers were fabulous). Heaton has a fantastic voice and it has been years since he's written material that gives him a chance to shine with it.
That said this is a great compilation, eclectic and entertaining from start to finish. Beautiful!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not his best but hey 9 July 2014
By Sam E
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It's okay. Not his best but hey, if you are a fan then it'll be okay
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my most played albums 16 May 2014
Format:Audio CD
Other reviewers have said it all, so I'll just say that I love it, a fantastic collection of great music. Don't let the fact that when I play the first couple of tracks someone usually shouts from another room 'what is that strange s***e you're playing?' put you off. It's a must buy, especially for Heaton fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it!!! 30 Jun 2010
By Kelly
Format:Audio CD
If you like Paul Heaton and/or the Beautiful South then you will love this. He never fails to please.
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3.0 out of 5 stars What a mixture 1 Mar 2004
Format:Audio CD
What can I say, the variety of styles may go someway to explain the totally odd lyrics in his own songs, the final track is by far the best but as a "compilation" it is odd to say the least...
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