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on 21 July 2002
This album follows the format of the much superior "Scott" with a mixture of his own compositions, those of Jacques Brel and sundry others. So why doesn't it match up? Brel's "Jackie" is a rousing enough opener, one of Walker's best tracks, funny and decadent and sung with great gusto. On the whole though the material is a notch or two down from the first album - so many of the covers sound like dull film music, whilst the fine "Black Sheep Boy" invites comparison with its superior stablemate "The Lady Came From Baltimore", Walker's other Tim Hardin interpretation.
Which still leaves much to enjoy - the romantically seedy "Girls From The Streets", the quirky, memorable "The Amorous Humphrey Plugg" and the other Brel numbers "Next" and "The Girls And The Dogs". After twenty odd years I've still to make mind up about "Plastic Palace People"
And in the end all this is delivered one of the finest voices to grace pop.