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on 17 January 2011
Since his Bronski Beat debut in 1984 with (the still
wonderful) 'Smalltown Boy' Jimmy Somerville has always been
true to himself. His music, his politics and his lifestyle
are inseperable. He is also a thoroughly decent chap.
His voice is a remarkable instrument. A true falsetto which
can act as both a salve and a sword. A gentle dragon of a
voice, instantly recognisable and still solid as a rock.
This fine 2 CD compilation is a worthy retrospective of
Mr Somerville's career (how can a quarter of a century have
passed by so quickly?!) and includes pretty much everything
you might wish to hear by way of an introduction to his
worthy and extensive back catalogue.
To hear The Communards' 'For A Friend' again is alone worth the
price of the album. This utterly beautiful, heartwrenching song
is Mr Somerville's finest moment. The emotional truth and power
of the composition remains one of the most affecting expressions
of love and loss ever to have drawn breath in the listening world.
There's a lot of fun to be had as well as the odd tear however.
The rendition of 'Never Can Say Goodbye' stokes up more energy
than a rampant herd of migrating wildebeest. The earth truly
shakes with the bouncy, bouncy exhilaration of it all! If you
don't feel like dancing to this track then you should not have
come to the party! Disco heaven continues in the shape of the
FABULOUS arrangements of Sylvester's 'You Make Me Feel (Mighty
Real' (the brass burns holes in the dancefloor!); 'Read My Lips
(Enough Is Enough)'(Hands In The Air Everyone!!); the magical
take on 'Can't Take My Eyes Off Of You' and the blissfully
uplifting 'Don't Leave Me This Way' (still packing a mighty
punch twenty-five years on!!)
Mr Somerville is a little hero in his own quiet way.
He should be proud.