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on 20 October 2004
Yes, this is an album of covers. No, it's not the usual suspects that get covered time and time again. Having decided it was the right time for such a project, Paul Heaton & gang have assembled a very eclectic collection. It's definitely a brave move and something of a gamble, as even hard core fans may be put off, but ultimately they pull it off. Just.
Not only do they have the audacity to cover the most unlikely songs, but in several instances, totally reinvent them. Take the opener. In their hands "You're the One That I Want", becomes some sort of power ballad. And S Club 7 could never have imagined the depths of feeling that could be wrung out of "Don't Stop Moving." The best, undoubtedly though, is "Don't Fear the Reaper." I would have thought this very difficult to cover well. However, with the help of a Latin beat, Paul Heaton turns this into a real tour de farce.
Not all songs fare so well. "Livin' Thing", isn't sufficiently different from the ELO original to work well. While Blitzkrieg Bop proves too much even for the BS to handle. And although the album finale "I'm Stone in Love With You", cries out for a Heaton version, somehow it disappoints. However, you expect the BS to be quirky and it's this talent that serves them well for most of the album.
Why 3 stars? Well, although generally well done, it's not one I will keep on listening to after the first few plays. I suspect this album was something of a reaction to some of the reviews of Gaze. However, I thought that album was superb and am still playing it. So, well done Paul, but more originals next time, please.