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I Won't Run Away
I Won't Run Away
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1.0 out of 5 stars WARNING!, 2 Dec 2010
This review is from: I Won't Run Away (MP3 Download)
I want my money back. This is a re-recording of the original track. It's cheap, horrible and I want my money back.

Beautiful World
Beautiful World
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great surprise, 4 Jan 2007
This review is from: Beautiful World (Audio CD)
Despite an extraordinary chart run and some superb records, Take That never made a wholly satisfying album. Until now. This is one of the most successful comebacks of all time, and this is the most consistent and coherent pop albums made in recent years. Many bands return to big crowds on the live circuit (Culture Club, Duran Duran), but they invariably follow it up with a turkey of an album. The single "Patience" is the finest pop song of 2006. A large part of this record's appeal is surely down to the influence of marvellous US producer John Shanks, who has beefed up the harmonies and given more power to overall sound. Most appealingly, the group knows how to structure an album - from the upbeat opener to the ballads which conclude what in another age would have been sides one and two. Special mention to the revelation that is Jason Orange's concluding track "Wooden Boat" - it's pure, sad, cinematic and he sings it brilliantly. A great record.

Both Sides
Both Sides
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy it today, 18 Oct 2005
This review is from: Both Sides (Audio CD)
I was never the world's biggest Collins fan, indeed by the end of the 80's I felt he was over-exposed and something had to give. What's remarkable about this album is that he more or less did everything himself. It contains some of his saddest songs, but they are also among his best. It's a proper album in every sense of the word. Rather like Kirsty MacColl's "Titanic Days", it's a "sad, divorce album" with a genuine beginning, middle and end. Standout tracks are "Everyday" and the wonderful concluding song "Please come out tonight". It lacks the commercial clout of his biggest hits, and I'm sure his record company were horrified, but it's the perfect autumnal record. Give me this over "Sussudio" any day.
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Titanic Days [2CD]
Titanic Days [2CD]
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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kirsty's classic album, 28 Aug 2005
This review is from: Titanic Days [2CD] (Audio CD)
The re-release of Titanic Days in 2005, some 10 years after its original appearance, is an absolute delight. The album originally appeared on IRS in late 1993 in America only. A UK release followed in Spring 2004, but a combination of very poor promotion and the usual stupidity of Radio One programmers drowned the album at birth. It was a criminal loss. This album is an absolute classic. Kirsty later described it as her "sad divorce album". Written with ex Fairground Attraction legend Mark E. Nevin, the album chronicles Kirsty at a low ebb as her marriage to Steve Lillywhite fell apart. But it's not a depressing album. There is anger, frustration (The marvellous opening line - "I want to shake up this world and not to feel so useless"), melancholy, sadness (Soho Square - her best song?), anger (the title track) but also humour ("I want a brief encounter in a stolen car/a hand on my buttock in a Spanish bar). There is an attractive dance sensibility to the penultimate song "Just woke up". This is not the story of someone getting out of bed in the morning. This is the realisation that you are in an impossible situation, which reaches its peak in the extraordinary closing track "Tomorrow never comes". The beginning sounds like a requiem. "Let my tears dry/in the light of a setting sun" sings Kirsty, which more or less describes how she spent some time in subsequent years escaping the British winter by travelling to Cuba. ZTT have more than redeemed themselves with this re-release. The second CD features Kirsty's "Dear John" letter to Steve Lillywhite. At the time it was thought to be too close to the bone and given to Eddi Reader. It was nominated for an Ivor Novello award as the best song musically and lyrically. It should have won. There are also unreleased songs such as "King Kong", and those long impossible to find unless you are in Australia B sides "Touch me" and "Fabulous Garden", which is worth the price of the album if only for the strength of its lyric - "and if I gave you an inch for every time I was hurt/I'd be pushing up daisies six feet under the dirt/and if you gave me a flower for every broken vow/we'd have a fabulous garden by now".
Kirsty wrote so many great pop songs, but this is her most coherent album. Buy the greatest hits, revel in the joy of the "From Croydon to Cuba" anthology, but if you want that rare gem - an album you will listen to and love day in day out for years - you must buy "Titanic Days".
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