4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
sheer class soul music to pierce the heart and make you dance,
This review is from: Soul UK (Audio CD)
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 here on this soul covers album. But, jeees, does Beverley give this 120%!! I have played this album so many times and still, in my car on the way home tonight, I cried. Cuddly Toy: streaming tears. She puts so much feeling and meaning into every track. You feel the words hit your chest. She wants you to feel how good this music is, and she wants to tell you - yes, you - that she is singing to you. So much passion in her voice. And unbelievable vocal control. Someone in the accompanying DVD says that about her - her amazing vocal control. This album is such a steal because, not only do you get a fantastic album you will play till the grooves run dry, you get a live concert of the album played to an audience that includes the original artists. Beverley is in flames in that concert. Scorching. I cried through most of it because it was so uplifting, outstanding and beautiful to listen to and watch. That rising note in Fairplay: if it doesn't make every hair on your body stand to attention, you don't get it. This lady is an outstanding performer inside and outside the studio. And looks stunning too. As a fellow woman, I slightly resent that(!):). But I know she has worked damn hard for her craft. I think I probably sound rather evangelical about this album, but it really is that good. When music makes you cry, you know you are connected with the world in a good way. Beverley makes me cry because her passion for the music is pure. She is celebrating her British musical roots in this album and is thanking the people who provided such class tracks to the world. If you are still thinking 'shall I buy?', just do it. The new price of the album is a pittance of what it's worth and, even if you have no original interest in British soul music, you will be blown away by Ms Knight and the musicians whom accompany her. Spread the word.