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What Have We Become

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 (19 May 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Virgin EMI
  • ASIN: B00I1VH2XS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (182 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Moulding Of A FoolJacqui Abbott 3:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. D.I.YJacqui Abbott 2:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Some Dancing To DoPaul Heaton 4:12£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. One Man's EnglandJacqui Abbott 4:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. What Have We BecomeJacqui Abbott 4:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. The SnowmanJacqui Abbott 3:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Costa Del SombrePaul Heaton 3:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. The Right In MePaul Heaton 3:17FREE  Get MP3 
Listen  9. When It Was OursJacqui Abbott 4:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. I Am Not A MusePaul Heaton 4:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Stupid TearsJacqui Abbott 2:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. When I Get Back To BlightyJacqui Abbott 4:51£0.99  Buy MP3 


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New collaboration album from The Beautiful South's Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott. The album features brand new material including the tracks 'The Snowman', 'Stupid Tears' and 'Moulding of a Fool' as well as the single 'D.I.Y'. The album debuted at #3 in the UK Albums Chart.

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2014 album from ex-The Beautiful South mainman Paul Heaton & vocalist Jacqui Abbott. Includes 'The Snowman' & 'Stupid Tears'.

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40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul and Jacqui, a magical combination 27 May 2014
By A. Sweeney TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I've been a massive admirer of Paul Heaton's music for many years, a love affair that started in 1989 when The Beautiful South released their début album and, from that, I went backward to the excellent Housemartins and followed his career ever since. Although I love the vast majority of The Beautiful South's output, the Jacqui Abbott era has always been my favourite. Not just because of the massive “Blue Is The Colour” with the sleepy sing-along “Rotterdam” and the cheeky “Don't Marry Her”, but follow-ups “Quench” and, especially, the massively underrated “Painting It Red” made for a superb run of albums, each featuring some of Paul Heaton's finest songs; they were the collective sound of a band that had hit their creative peak. Their material before (especially) and after was still a little bit special, but Jacqui's soulful, emotive vocals added something that Briana Corrigan (always a little too twee for my liking) and Alison Wheeler (not enough character after someone like Jacqui) just didn't give to The Beautiful South. After Paul decided that he'd had enough of being part of the band (citing “musical similarities”) and wanted to spread his solo wings with generally good, but still mixed results, this re-pairing with Ms. Abbott, who left music to look after her autistic son, is like a Beautiful South fan's wet dream. Of course, that's if this album is any good.

So, is it? Oh my word, yes. Better than any fan could have hoped, dreamed or imagined from such a reunion project. If anything, “What We Have Become” is, without hyperbole, the best album that Heaton has ever been involved with and, given his back catalogue, I'm well aware of what a bold claim that is.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul heaton's best ever work. 16 Jun 2014
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As a fifteen year old boy in 1986, I first heard London Nil Hull Four by the Housemartins. It was unquestionably the album of the year for the vast majority of my peers. At the time, I was listening to 1950's rock n roll which I still love. I didn't need the distraction of new music and was reluctant to take on this new album.
In December of '86, Caravan Of Love hit number one and my battle was lost.
I cried when the Housemartins split in late '87 and waited impatiently until the formation of the Beautiful South in '89.
I saw the Beautiful South twenty odd Times until their split in 2007. During that time, I periodically wrote to the band, slept in unsuitable places after becoming stranded as they took to the stage late, bored my friends rigid whilst waxing lyrical about the genius of Paul Heaton and generally lived and breathed all things Heaton. In other words, you could say I am a fan.
In terms of this latest album, I bought it several weeks after its release as I have become somewhat jaded with the whole thing.
I am trying to be balanced and impartial as I type but am finding it difficult. It is a wonderful thing when your hero rediscovers his mojo and finds his way home.
This is an album of pure, energetic, unabashed joy and freedom. Heaton has located the key to the safe and has produced an album of incredible music. His singing voice is in better shape than it has been for many years and has to be heard to be believed.
In a nutshell, buy this album and embrace the genius of Paul Heaton.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What Have We Become 22 May 2014
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Great hear the core of the Beautiful South again, Jaques voice is still very distinctive, would say it as improved with the passing of the years
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 19 May 2014
By Mick G
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The best album I have purchased for a long while, Housemartins, Beautiful South, this pair are much better, what Have we become is a stunning track, typical Heaton and what have they become, possibly better than any other duet couple I can think of much better than sonny & Cher, or frank and nancy and even John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John. after the pathetic attempts at Eurovision maybe this pair would walk it.cannot wait to see them together in Hull at end of month.so many tracks all good no doubt that Jacquis voice makes the album and with Pauls stunning lyrics and music it cannot fail.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Can't stop playing this album.. brilliant.. loving the title track.. clever, intuitive and as always, funny.. highly recomend you purchase this album.. if you loved the house martins and the beautiful south you will love this..
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 10 Jun 2014
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Loving every song on the album. Jacqui Abbot has a fabulous voice, the recent tour show in Glasgow was really good too. A must for any Beautiful South fans.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What a throwback! 29 May 2014
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Great to see Paul and Jacqui back together. This is reminiscent of The Beautiful South and their catchy tunes from years ago. Feel-good, quality music.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars thankfullll 28 May 2014
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its about time what a blast from the past can'rt wait for thier next album please please,a must must buy
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