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5.0 out of 5 stars sheer class soul music to pierce the heart and make you dance
I have followed Beverley Knight for years. Her albums - I feel - never really portrayed the soul and emotion of her live performances. I was lucky to see her on Jools many many years ago singing an old Sam Cooke track and I cried throughout. I loved her Motown album and, if you don't own it, rectify that now. It's not just about her - the whole crew of musicians.. Same...
Published 18 months ago by Clare
3.0 out of 5 stars Earlier album
I think this album does not do justice to her voice which is quite earthy, great for Blues and Ballad numbers
Published 8 months ago by marieknight
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beverley Knight download,
This review is from: Soul UK (MP3 Download)The whole download procedure was straight forward and would be easy for anyone to do it.
Very pleased with the download and allowed my wife to hear it and not have to bother with a CD in the post.
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes me back....,
This review is from: Soul UK (Audio CD)This is a phenomenal album. Knight covers some fantastic old school British R'n'B classics that to be honest, a lot of us would have forgotten. Round and Round by Jackie Graham is made to sound like an original song, and her cover of Cuddly Toy by Roachford (what happened to him), makes it sound like a Motown Classic rather than the rocky number it was originally intended to be. She also covers the wonderful Lewis Taylor, with her version of 'Damn'. I was hoping when Robbie Williams covered 'Lovelight' it would make people take notice of Lewis. Let's hope Knight succeeds where Robbie failed.
Beverley Knight deserves to be a bigger star than she is, but if she was to become a mega star there would always be the fear that she'd be persuaded to record the bigger, syrupy, American style ballads favoured by Whitney, Mariah and more lately, the X-Factor types. By remaining just above the radar she can continue making quality albums like this, taking many of us back to our youth.
A great album if you want something jolly to listen to as you're driving, or equally to relax to with a glass of wine after a long day.
5.0 out of 5 stars Took me to a better place,
This review is from: Soul UK (Audio CD)Just listened to this album, the first track ( fairplay ) blew me away, being a big soul 11 soul fan I loved this song anyway, but Beverly knight puts her own spin on it with some really soul felt notes that just transported me to a happy place. Her voice is like honey and spice. Some songs are more my taste than others , but i just laid back on the sofa and listend the whole way through. She has done a brilliant job with these covers. Omars nothin like this will always be best for me as i love his voice , but again beverlys version has its own vibe. Always and forever is all shimmery and just beautiful. Anyone in doubt, just go for it :)
3.0 out of 5 stars Beverley Knight UK soul,
This review is from: Soul UK (Audio CD)A very average album with only one track where she gets use her fantastic voice to its full potential. Played it a few times hoping it would grow but it will probably gather dust in the rack.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic,
This review is from: Soul UK (MP3 Download)Brilliant album by the queen of soul. Lovely versions of classic songs such Always & Forever, Southern Freeez, Round & Around plus the beautiful One More Try originally by George Michael.
This is must album for all soul lovers.
5.0 out of 5 stars Soul UK,
This review is from: Soul UK (Audio CD)This is a real blast from the past.
I grew up with a lot of the songs on this album and although i'm not normally a fan of covers, this album is a tribute to all those great artists and for that I love it.
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic,
This review is from: Soul UK (Audio CD)This album is brillant took me back to my younger days and happier times, Beverley is an incredible singer and should get more credit, this is a must for all you soul lovers
5.0 out of 5 stars Well done Ms Knight on delivering the flava of the old skool,
This review is from: Soul UK (Audio CD)I'm 56 and I've enjoyed soul music since about 8 years old so perhaps close to 50 years qualifies me to say that Beverley Knight is pure quality. Some songs on this history of UK soul are better than the originals, those that aren't at least bring something fresh to the party. When I first heard her debut single FOTOS I knew she was something special and this release confirms it beyond all doubt.I rate this as four and three quarter stars rounded up to five !
4.0 out of 5 stars An impressive collection of soulful covers,
This review is from: Soul UK (Audio CD)Beverley Knight is one of the strongest artists on the UK urban scene, having 6 reasonably successful studio albums of her own material under her belt. At this point of her career, she has now chosen to release "Soul UK", which includes 13 soulful renditions of 80's and 90's UK soul classics. Although a few of the song choices may be a surprise as some of the original artists had bigger hits with other songs, the tracks are interpreted and arranged in a way that enables the chosen tunes to co-exist well with each other and to blend together. Therefore, the album is generally quite good.
However, there are a few of the songs that pale in comparison to the originals. Jamiroquais' "When You Gonna Learn" loses its authenticity here as it is watered down into a mellow jazzy number, which makes it a little forgettable. On this song, as well as on "Always And Forever" and "Round And Around", Beverley's voice does not really shine through. Unfortunately, she does not seem able to effectively put her stamp on these particular tracks.
Nevertheless, there are some fantastic tracks and song choices. "Fairplay" by Soul II Soul is a great cover version and very soulful as is the smooth sounding "Apparently Nothin'". "Cuddly Toy" by Roachford is probably the most energetic and exciting song here where Beverley does really well to connect with it and actually manages to revive it. "Damn" by Lewis Taylor may be least known of the songs, but is well interpreted by Miss Knight. The last song, "One More Try", a cover of George Michael's hit single is also very nicely done.
"Southern Freeez", the lead single "Mama Used To Say", Princess' "Say I'm Your Number One", Omar's "There's Nothing Like This" and "Don't Be A Fool" are all reasonably pleasant and well interpreted, but they are just not exceptional. To be honest, I would not have expected much more from a cover album as it rare that they are great, but needless to say that Beverley has done a good job overall and is still vocally impressive. However, I do hope that we will hear some new material from Beverley very soon.
**This release also includes a live bonus DVD which is really very good and it shows us just how talented a vocalist Beverley Knight really is.**
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4.0 out of 5 stars A little conventional, but her voices shines throughout this covers' record.,
This review is from: Soul UK (Audio CD)Celebrating the best of Soul in the UK, the front woman of Soul this side of the Atlantic Beverley Knight has compiled a record dedicated to the UK Soul movement.
With other genres of music getting high praise over the course of 40 years like Rock, Techno, Hip Hop and now Dubstep getting the attention of the pop charts, Beverley wants to address the importance of Soul music and how it has affected the likes of British artists.
Spanning across the late 70s until the early 90s, the songs touch a certain generation as sentimental, the rest of us get to here some classics again from yesteryear that were perhaps forgotten.
Some powerful ballads show off her voice but her capabilities don't stop there.
Tracks like "Mama Used To Say" originally by Junior in 1982 and "Apparently Nothin'" (featuring Glen Scott & Roots Manuva) by Young Disciples make sure this record isn't just one style of Soul but it covers the whole spectrum of the genre.
There are some interesting choices of material on "Soul UK" in which some people might not link to two artists together.
For instance, the last song on the album called "One More Try" is a track by none other than George Michael. A great artist but you might not necessarily put Beverley in the same breath. Though with a little change in instruments and a different vibe in place, Beverley creates a great re-mastered version of the George Michael classic and deserves its place on the record for sure.
Though you are treated to a hit upon hit collection, some fans might feel cheated that there are no original songs by the singer/songwriter.
After her previous record "100%" was released in 2009, her fans might have thought Beverley wanted to contribute the same way in her future projects rather than just stating the point for one record.
We know Beverly is a talented musician and can conjure up a song by little walks in life and it would have been nice to see it expressed yet again.
However, the message is clear throughout the record on what Beverley wants to accomplish, to remind people about the strong history the country has with Soul music and it's not just the Americans who know how to create good Soul music.
With this in mind, you would have to say that the album will stretch the knowledge of the UK public to discover new British Soul that they may or may not have heard of before.
Artists such as Freeez, Princess, Loose Ends, Rod Temperton, Jaki Graham, Andrew Roachford and Lewis Taylor have essentially been given a new life. Dean Woodhouse
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