I find this ridiculous that Jacqueline Abbott and Paul Heaton are teaming up together again, but its not with The Beautiful South... Even more because the rest of the band have reformed as "The South" and released an album... I think a lot of people would be happier and more interested if this was a return for The Beautiful South... Not yet anyway....
I'm not sure why this is so 'ridiculous'. The Beautiuful South as a band, no longer exist. Paul has always stated that he doesn't get his former bands back together, so a reunion was never on the cards. Dave Rotheray has his own solo project, Paul has his, it just now happens to include Jacqui as well. Personally I think it's a great collaboration and I think a lot of fans are very happy.
Everything VickyLeigh said, plus I want to hear something new from Paul and Jacqui, not a rehash of times past. And the statement about "the rest of the band" is not true - only two members of TBS, both of whom were ever only singers, are in that other band. If you want to hear a tribute band go seek out The Southmartins.
I don't think the Beautiful South should get back together, the last few South Albums after PIR were so so, even with Jacqui, I don't think this is something to return to. Since 2007 Paul's creativity and writing has been amazing, free from the constriants of a South Album, he made some amazingly diverse music. With the new album, of course people will treat it like a follow up to PIR and it does sound like a South Album in places, but it is far removed from albums like Gaze and Superbi, much better, more vitality and this only comes from the confidence gained from being outside the constriants of the South.
Good point - I was at those last TBS concerts and when new songs were played, most so called fans just stood around in silence, they were at risk of becoming there own tribute act. You're right, they have moved on. This album although TBS in style, is actually when you listen very different, because the band is different.