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This review is from: A Pocketful Of Starlight: The Best Of Bridget St. John (Audio CD)
Great to see a long-overdue BSJ compilation. I'm not convinced that an artist is necessarily the best judge of their own material, but the choice here is pretty good... though I would say that her first two albums are a little under-represented [I'd have liked to see Lizard Long-Tongue Boy and Making Losing Better included]. In addition to Lazarus being replaced by the much more cheerful Nice, the track order is different from that printed above, with BSJ's arguably most famous song Ask Me No Questions more sensibly placed as the penultimate track.
This non-chronological compilation starts off with the superb Fly High featuring great sonic stuff from John Martyn, but then may seem to flag a bit for newcomers to Bridget's work. The only tracks here I have doubts about are the pleasant but dated [wah-wah guitar solo alert!] Some Kind of Beautiful[ too early in the order at track 2], while the slightly ramshackle, hippyish If You've Got Money [track 4], has some charm but is also too high up the running order. Once we come to her excellent take on Kevin Ayers Yep, the collection is back on track.
This album is a good introduction to the wonderful, emotional, sensual world of Bridget St John, a reminder of what a fine - and versatile - writer and singer she is... as well as Britain's sexiest female songwriter [check out Bumper to Bumper [track 6].
I hope that this release and the [superior] BBC sessions album help raise BSJ's profile where it deserves to be: right up there with Drake, Denny, Martyn and co. It would be nice to pick up a copy of Word/Mojo/Uncut or another rock mag and see a nice piece about her!