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Darkly dramatic but (only slightly) flawed
on 27 May 2001
This album invites you not only to experience Ute's unique voice but also the talents of the songwriters involved. "Little Water Song" is formula Nick Cave, evocative of his duet with Kylie Minogue of a few years ago "Where the Wild Roses Grow", but Ute sings it with such touching simplicity it transcends the formula. "Tango Ballad" is a good violent dirty bitchy love song, but suffers from over-production. Hannon's voice is powerful and rich too, although the song is amillion miles away from any Weillian conception. "Passionate Fight" is a high point, a big flouncy ballad with plenty of bite and a great chorus. Quiter moments, like the voluptuous "Purple Avenue", the poignant "Couldn't You Keep that to Yourself", are exquisite little moments of reflection, countered well by the gaudy title track and splendidly overblown "You Were Meant For Me" (an example of The Divine Comedy in full swing).
Most of the songs on this album are amazing. some of them ("Streets of Berlin", "The Part You Throw Away" and "Split" are forgettable but adequate album-filler. One of the songs is absolutely dreadful ("Scope J"). My advice: buy this. Then transfer the 'good songs' on to MiniDisc and "Punishing Kiss" is a perfect album. Worth it!