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You see, I'm old - so old that most of these songs built the backbone of my musical appreciation - though (and this is the real crux of the matter), I didn't realise it at the time.
Kevin's vocals aren't what you'd consider polished, classically poppy or whatever you think might be considered worthy of the apreciation of the masses - but his interpretation of these classic songs touch a part of you that feels warm and, well, attainable. Yes, you could say that he's covered great B list songs (in hindsight) that were better served by the originators - but that's missing the point by a country mile. His rendering of these songs are honest, passionate and well, simply great.
I have to say, that if he had been a little less outre with the cover photo, this would have charted big on release - it is an album which I and my similarly aged friends (and, I have to say, their children, with some amazement) find readily listenable and wholly likeable.
If you are looking for devastating emotional honesty, musical passion and redemption from your music you cannot go past this masterpiece.
An old fan made food--Alan Mcghee--tracks you down and gives you an unlimited budget and a free-hand for the comeback of your choice.
You hire a giant orchestra and embark upon a covers record of all those songs that have meant most to you, reached out and somehow touched you, whether those songs be old, recent, corny or hip.
The advertising campaign you insist upon--the pink, the feathers, the stockings, your beauty--is judged one of the most disastrous of all time. The record is a complete flop; there are rumours about how few copies are sold; you are stoned off the stage in your only performance of it; the record company goes bust; you're back to square one.
Is this a joke? Was Kevin trying to be funny?
No way-it's possibly the most sincere record you will ever hear in your life. Kevin takes songs some of which had great original versions, some of which didn't, and makes them his own, makes them meaningful, makes them sing out in honesty, conviction, heartache, passion--and yes, beauty.
The Greatest Love Of All (never a good song) is mindblowing, is shattering--so personal, so moving, so real, from a whisper to a scream--this should have been the single and could have been number one.
Other highlights--Rag Doll, Getting Better, Reflections of My Life, a joyous Daydream Believer, This Guy's In Love With You.
"Bad stuff's over.." says Kevin on the angelic fade-out to Rag Doll, and you know he means it. Yet in some ways a different kind of bad stuff was imminent.Read more ›
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I approached this album with caution, having read some of the reviews posted here. However, I love it. Read morePublished 6 months ago by J. Parkin
A great album sabotaged by a terrible image, this could have been A list Radio 2,given him the comeback he deserved but maybe he wasn't ready. Read morePublished on 9 Dec. 2013 by Bogster
This album should be rubbish but its a wonderful listen so so soulful,what a fantastic
voice.Rag Doll is a highlight oh my word possibly the best long fade out ive heard in... Read more
I listened to this album again recently, on the back of the news of an upcoming new Dexys album. As a massive Dexys fan, everytime that I dig this out, I so want to find that it is... Read morePublished on 23 July 2011 by Golactico
This CD truly was a bargain on Amazon, thanks to Zoverstocks. Having a soft spot for Dexy's in my youth I have always been curious about this album. Read morePublished on 5 July 2011 by Ferris1961
There are two Kevin Rowland solo CDs, both are now deleted and hard to obtain, unless you have deep pockets. Read morePublished on 10 April 2011 by Mark M.
In his prime Kevin wouldn't be seen dead recording these middle of the road family favourites. His voice would be better employed belting out his own brilliantly crafted songs than... Read morePublished on 1 April 2008 by Sid Jenkins on the air