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My Beauty

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  • Audio CD (18 Oct. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Creation
  • ASIN: B00002R0SE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Mini-Disc  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,126 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Greatest Love Of All
  2. Rag Doll
  3. Concrete And Clay
  4. Daydream Believer
  5. This Guy's In Love With You
  6. The Long And Winding Road
  7. It's Getting Better
  8. I Can't Tell The Bottom From The Top
  9. Labelled With Love (I'll Stay With My Dreams)
  10. Reflections Of My Life
  11. You'll Never Walk Alone

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Format: Audio CD
I bought this some years ago (I think when it was newly released) and it really made me think what it was that I so admired about Kevin Rowland.
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.
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Ok, lets get one thing out of the way first, the cover is a big mistake, not because it made a lot of narrow minded people uncomfortable in seeing a man in a dress, but because it deflected the point of interest away from the brilliant songs held within the cover. Kevin is one of those rare artists who you know whenever he decides to record a song, he's going to put his heart and soul completely into it and bring his wonderful emotive voice to the very front of the track. Sadly, his last solo record (The Wanderer) didnt have the songs to match the voice, this time the songs and the singer compliment each other perfectly. Only Kevin could get away with singing so many wonderful tracks, so well known by other more famous artists and make each and everyone one of them his own. The moment his spoken fragmented intro appears on "The Greatest Love Of All, the listener knows he is listening to a man who truly beleives in what he is singing. Kevins past problems have been well documented and it is these past struggles that can be heard in every line and phrasing throughout every track. One can only hope that Kevin's much talked about new material will also one day see the light of day, but for now this will more than fill the gap. The tragedy of "My Beauty" is that it will probably only ever be heard by a very small but devoted audience, forever confining it to the margins. This hopefully will not deter Kevin from keeping to his singular, honest vision, for in these diluted musical times of boy bands and corporate inventions, we need his like more and more.
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Though liking Dexy's, I only got to hear this album in 2004, 5 years after it came out. Since then it has been constantly on my playlist. Rowland's personal interpretations of well known songs are very moving, his vocals are strong and his verbal asides frequently add to the emotional strength of the work. Most of the songs on the record by the original artists I would go to some lengths to avoid, but in Rowlands hands the mediocre is transformed.
If you are looking for devastating emotional honesty, musical passion and redemption from your music you cannot go past this masterpiece.
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You once were a big-shot pop star, but now you're down, depressed and in the wilderness, you're finished.
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.
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The general reaction of ridicule to the cover of this record is depressing testimony to how conservative and marketing driven the music industry has become. The music inside is soulful, completely unpretentious, genuine and honest and at times inspirational (the version of "Rag Doll" is a tour de force). Kevin Rowland is one of the most challenging and individual artists in modern popular music. How depressing that all this gets forgotten and his records ignored because he wears female clothes on an album cover!
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