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This review is from: Fat Chance (Audio CD)
The best album I own. And I own lots of albums. PDH's first solo album gets a welcome re-release. After fifteen years and thirty hit singles in the charts, it is perhaps surprising that Paul hasn't really compromised his principles, and still produces the stuff he believes in - just it seems to get better every time. This album is definitely a solo one, not quite Beautiful South and not at all Housemartins, but is a wonderfully bluesy look at everything he is known for - only it's a kind of pop-blues that draws you in and keeps you listening. The NME called Paul "best soul singer in Britain", and it's a name not mistakenly given.
The best track of the disc has been released as a single: "The Perfect Couple", a magnificent look at the life of a couple played by Paul Heaton and Sharon Eusebe as they duet back and forward, reciting many famous song-titles to describe their feelings. "Poems" is a lovely ballad about the songwriter's art, in which Paul laments (quite rightly) that the Beautiful South never quite got the recognition they deserved ("never been classed as a work of art / unlikely with the slowest of starts"). "If" is a splendidly listen to-able guitar-led rant against the vagaries of the modern church ("New roof for church whilst new houses not built / Does it rack you with guilt?"), and "Ten Lessons In Love" is a gloriously punch-the-air happy insight into one-night stands.
I really can't stress how marvellous this album is - you'll be listening to the best tracks again and again, and the very worst one is great. The best album I own - what more can I say?