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1.0 out of 5 stars Not really a Paul Heaton album, 8 July 2012
This review is from: Presents The 8th [CD + DVD] (Audio CD)
What a waste of money. Don't be fooled by Amazon opening the page with the quote, "The warm, mellifluous voice of Paul Heaton," as you won't be hearing any of it here, apart from on a couple of tracks. The rest is a collection of actors mainly talking over dull backing music ... more an overblown audio book than a music album, and hugely disappointing for someone who loves everything from Housemartins through Beautiful South and up to the wonderful 'Acid Country.' Yes, many of the lyrics are well crafted as usual, but for me a Paul Heaton album should, at the very least, have Paul singing the songs himself!
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Initial post: 10 Jul 2012 11:33:03 BDT
W.Sh. says:
Paul's efforts to try something new are commendable, contrary to what he said in an interview with the BBC that he was happy just doing pop. However I have to agree with D. Gunn on this new piece of work. I've followed Paul's music keenly since TBS (I discovered The Housemartins later, retrospectively)right through his latest solo album (Acid Country). I honestly felt disappointed after finishing listening to all the tracks on the Guardian website when they offer the full stream. I found myself constantly thinking about something completely irrelevant to the music I was listening to, which could be a sign that one of Paul's trademarks, the melody, was not as hooking as it use to be, though, as D. Gunn wrote, some lyrics are still very well crafted. The only track that got me was "Envy" sung by the super Jacqui Abbott. I don't mind if he gets guests on his albums (Jacqui was his guest on "Acid Country"), but in "The 8th", he has become the guest, losing the point of this being a Paul Heaton album.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Jul 2012 22:20:26 BDT
obviously did not get it

Posted on 16 Jul 2012 10:11:33 BDT
I think that Paul made this album available on a full stream was a very brave move. I'm sure he won't be upset if you don't like or buy it. He has never been an artist driven by platitudes or pounds. I would rather listen to this than any so called musical theatre.At least there is no sign of Chris Moyles or Tim Minchin.

In reply to an earlier post on 15 Oct 2012 11:35:58 BDT
Jacqui wasn't a guest on Acid Country.
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