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Gaze, The Beautiful South - 101% of an album,
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Once again the Beautiful South have put out a great album jam packed with jaunty foot taping tunes with some deep and serious lyrics.
Awaited with some trepidation by fans after the replacement of Jacqueline Abbot with Alison Wheeler as the new female vocalist, our fears were washed away as Wheeler steps almost seamlessly into Abbot's shoes. She fits right in with the rest of the group, and it's business as usual.
Heaton and Rotheray have once again penned a magnificent set of songs. From the sarcastic `Pretty', the wonderfully wry `Just a few things that I ain't' through the witty 101% man to the album closer `The Last Waltz', we are presented with a series of songs we can all relate to, about real people and written with a dry sense of humour. As well as great lyrics, well delivered, there is some great music on display, the band were on form when this was recorded. They still sound like they enjoy what they do, and that's the way it should be.
I'm not sure how they've fared in terms of sales, but personally I think that artistically the Beautiful South have gone from strength to strength over their last few albums. More power to them!
Recommended to all fans of The Beautiful South, and anyone who enjoys well crafted meaningful songs with a jaunty air.