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Welcome to Cowboy Country
on 3 March 2005
In spite of Sharleen Spiteri's gamine sex appeal and an impressive back catalogue of instantly recognisable tunes, true pop greatness eludes Texas. Maybe it's because every track sounds vaguely like you've heard it before, but sung by somebody else. TLC echoes in In Our Lifetime, and isn't that the chorus from a Grease song sneaking into When We Are Together?
Opening with the bluesy I Don't Want A Lover, this best-of CD underlines the fact that Texas never really did deliver the down-and-dirty stuff they promised on their first two albums. In later years, they have left the dingy Glasgow cellar bars behind in favour of a distinctly radio-friendly sound. Still, Spiteri's voice is tangy and sweet like brown sugar, and works a treat on lush tracks like Summer's Son and Inner Smile. Most of the album offers the sort of sunshiney music you want to play in a car on your way to the coast, punctuated by a couple of slower and altogether drowsier tracks. If you're looking for a musical pick-me-up, these Scottish cowboys could be just what you need.