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Suddenly Last Summer
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 6 August 2010
I was wondering, the way you do, what Jimmy Somerville had been up to. The Communards etc, practically being the soundtrack to my adolescence.
Amazon provided the answer; this terrific album.
By turns, sad, tender, cheeky, romantic it really is a beautiful, eclectic collection of songs all sung with Jimmy's haunting, soulful voice.

It really is a joy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Suddenly Last Summer comprises acoustic arrangements from a wide range of sources including Blondie, Dusty Springfield, Cole Porter and spirituals, yet Jimmy makes them his own along with six other musicians. The whole project arose out of a stay in Australia where it was recorded in 2006, and the results are full of easy-going enjoyment, like a holiday romance, where the material is obviously solid. His choice of songs has always been very musical, with good melodies that really stick in the memory, and here he apparently had more than 5000 songs on his i-toons so it's not that surprising he comes up with the goods. Every song is a winner, but the most surprising - and certainly one of the best - is People Are Strange, where he doesn't even use his trademark falsetto voice but goes into slightly Bryan Ferry-ish territory, to deliver a very strange, teasing number that lurches into falsetto with an sudden up-tempo surge in the middle. It's a total surprise. Elsewhere his voice is on wonderful bell-like form (he actually mentions the Bell Bird himself in the blurb). There is also an amazing cockatoo he feeds on the DVD which is almost worthy of David Attenborough - perhaps it recognised in him a bird of like feather? - although the other video to a moving version of Where Have All The Flowers Gone is almost unbearable to watch in its montage of war footage. His interpretation of the song is very good, though, and shows him still to be very much a political as well as a party animal, which is one of the things we loved him for in the first place! For anyone who admires Jimmy's singing this is a must-have disc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 12 January 2011
I bought this on a whim, and have listened to it over and over again. I've always really loved Jimmy Somerville's voice, but this brings his music very firmly into the 21st century even though there are covers of some classics. There's the haunting quality you had with "Memories" and "Puit d'Amour", mixed with what comes across as a very personal and sincere message. There's not so much of the 80's/90s "high energy" beat; instead it's quality from start to finish. A must-have!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This is probably the best album I've bought in the last few years. Jimmy Sommerville, with his talent, ought to be a world megastar... You get goose pimples from every song on the album! My wife and I can't get tired of listening to it.
Jimmy's version of "Where have all the Flowers gone?" is definitely the best one I've heard so far (and I've heard quite a few in my time!) Not to mention his rendering of "Motherless Child" ("A Capella"...and Live!)- simply wonderful!
This album is a real gem - thank you,Jimmy!

Jean-Luc Dancy
Berlin
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on 15 September 2012
Like another reviewer I purchased this album on a whim, and what a whim !
This is a superb collection of beautiful songs,beautifully sung;in turns uplifting,moving,sad and wistful,but always enjoyable.

Personal favourites are a wonderful rendition of Hanging on the Telephone, Where have all the Flowers Gone, and the hauntingly beautiful Sweet Unknown.

Buy this- you will not be disappointed !
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 14 July 2009
This is an unusual album from Jimmy Somerville. Beautiful, simple acoustic arrangements of familiar songs, including a fantastic new take on 'Hanging on the Telephone' - quite different from Blondie's version. Well worth a listen. High;y recommended.
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