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4.0 out of 5 stars
Top of the Class, almost, 15 Dec. 2004
The Beautiful South achieve the near impossible on this album by performing S Club 7'S 'Don't Stop Moving'as if it were a lyric which demanded respect. When listening to the aforementioned track you realise it is actually a song which someone has taken the trouble to write and not the banal garbage it was originally presented as. One wonders if the B.S. had originally recorded this song would it be regarded as one of their classics.
Elsewhere on the album B.S.perform a faultless rendition of Willie Nelson's 'Valentine' with Heaton's voice as distinctive as the Texan. This track is followed by a superb version of 'Don't Fear the Reaper, for me enhancing the original.
'You're the One that I Want'is vastly alternative and basically ok if not sensational, perhaps suffering from the familarity the entire population has with the track.
On listening to the album in it's entirity I find myself pondering on the selection process for a covers album and despite its many merits I feel better material was available to the B.S.
I doubt they'll ever record another covers album, which adds to the slight feling of disappointment for this one.