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Like Picasso with a brush....,
This review is from: Elegant Slumming (Audio CD)
It's odd that this is the first review of this album. I can't understand why. It plugs into the influence and tradition of black music just as Amy Whitehouse and Joss Stone did, and although it clearly sounds like music of its time, it's held up a lot better than most music dating back to the early house/rave scene. Maybe M People fans have got better things to do with their lives than write reviews on Amazon.
All four of the original M People albums were good (in fact they are all very much in the same style - maybe it was as well they had the dignity to stop when they were at their peak), and this is the break through one. As the Product Description says, there's a mix of rhythmic dance tracks with some slower soulful ones. This doesn't sound very remarkable - until you hear Heather Small, surely one of the best British female singers of the last 50 years, with a beautiful strong and emotional voice. That lovely voice doesn't go to waste, as all the songs are intelligent and grown up, something that isn't the norm for music to dance to. The musicians behind all this are good enough, but maybe not quite as good as they ought to be, and the production is smooth and professional. Oh, and a bit too manufactured and slick for my ears, but that's a little quibble not everyone will share. All in all a very good album.
Aretha Franklin & Billie Holiday get 5 stars, so this has to get less - it just isn't as spontaneous, for a start. But you have to be pretty special to be compared to Aretha & Billie. If you shopped carefully you could get all 4 original M People albums for the price of a round of drinks in Wetherspoons. What are you waiting for?