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5.0 out of 5 stars underrated genius, 16 Dec. 2001
This review is from: Miaow (Audio CD)
As someone who has been a huge fan of the Beautiful South now for 8 years, it always frustrates me the way they are often frowned upon as merely "middle of the road" and are never really fully appreciated by most of the so-called music press. OK, so they will never be an important band or change anyones lives but they have made some truly underrated albums in their time. However, by saying that I mean those albums made prior to the release of 1994's 'Carry On Up The Charts' compliation, because after that it all went too commercial for my liking. 'Miaow' is the one album of theirs I can always go back to and become completely overrawed by. Paul Heaton's lyrics are as effective and moving as anything penned by the likes of say, Thom Yorke, and if there is one thing he and co-writer Dave Rotheray know how to do well it's to write near-on perfect pop songs such as 'Good As Gold'. Excluding maybe just the cover of 'Everybody's Talkin', I love every track on here. Stand outs being the opener 'Hold On To What', 'Prettiest Eyes', 'Mini Correct' and 'Worthless Lie' - a sharp and quite beautiful tale about two ex-lovers, still longing for each other whilst both now involved in new relationships. Its also the first album to showcase Jacqui Abbott's vocals, who proved an equally good, if not better, vocalist than her predecessor Briana Corrigan. 'Miaow' and 'Welcome To The Beautiful South' still remain the band's defining moments in a 7 studio album career. After the disappointing commercial success of 'Painting It Red', I think most TBS fans are at the moment a little lost as to what their next move will be. I hope they don't call it a day anyway. Whatever happens, 'Miaow' is still up their in my all time top 5 albums. And I'm no huge pop music fan - my other fav albums are by the likes of Radiohead, Jeff Buckley and Ryan Adams. I would just recommend this album to anyone who knows a good album when they hear it. Go buy it now and worship the musical genius that is Heaton & Rotheray! :-)
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