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Give Out But Don't Give Up
Give Out But Don't Give Up
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5.0 out of 5 stars The boys get funky, 10 Mar. 2000
The Scream's 1994 album is underrated by fans who were disappointed by its departure from ecstatic grooves towards a more soul and funk-influenced sound. But judged on its own merits it's a brilliant piece of work, retaining the lightness of touch of Screamadelica and with some particularly good ballads. The sheer range of styles might tell against it to some, but that gets top marks from me - the groovy rock of Jailbird, the soul of Cry Myself Blind, Free and others, the bluesy Sad and Blue, and the George Clinton funky collaborations. If anyone knows the title of the hidden 12th track - one of the best ballads - I'd be grateful if they'd post it here!
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Premature Adulation
Premature Adulation

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4.0 out of 5 stars Long-overdue return to the studio worth the wait!, 3 Mar. 2000
This review is from: Premature Adulation (Audio CD)
Otway's first album of new material for many years, Premature Adulation sees him clearly enjoying the inspiration of a new musical collaborator and the joy of his growing family. Although their songwriting and musical styles are different, I always see something of Loudon Wainwright III's combination of humour and poignancy in Otway's lyrics. Lots of good stuff on here - standout tracks possibly Poetry & Jazz, about a young woman's blossoming, Willy (In the Air), which is just plain silly, and Typewriter, a moving song about saying the wrong thing.

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