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Moving, political and polemical
, 11 July 2012
This review is from: Presents The 8th [CD + DVD] (Audio CD)
I don't usually write Amazon reviews, this is only my second, but felt I needed to add something after the two poor reviews this album has garnered so far. Up front I will say that I think The 8th is a stone-cold masterpiece. If you approach it expecting a typical Paul Heaton album then you may be disappointed, but I would urge you to lose the blinkers and discover one of the best albums of 2012. This is an album that MUST be listened to in one sitting and in the right order - no shuffling here. As a continuous piece or a song cycle it works beautifully. Taking the Seven deadly sins as its starting point the album moves towards revealing a possible 8th. A deadly sin for our craven, modern times. There is a linking story between Heaton's songs that to this reviewer works beautifully and eventually builds to something and is powerful, moving and redemptive. Indeed you could argue that it is the linking narration by American actor Reg E Cathey (from The Wire), channelling Gil Scott-Heron, that is the real star here. Yes, Heaton himself only leads on one song, but the other vocal performances including King Creosote and Jacqui Abbott are excellent and prove that Heaton can still craft a tune even when stepping out of the limelight. Political, polemical, moving (I blubbed at the end) and unlike anything he has done before this is an album that will grow in stature.
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