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but this need not trouble us. Ms Knight has a helluva voice and
the kind of secure yet relaxed performance style which carries the
project through with convincing, energetic and charismatic elan.
Remember Freez? Listen to her take on their 1981 hit 'Southern Freez'
if you need convincing. The spirit of the original is wholly intact but
Ms Knight's affectionate reinvention gives it new blood and a joyous pulse.
No less so her rendition of Junior's 'Mamma Used To Say', propelled
along by some hot backing vocals and even hotter horns. Pure magic.
For soul look no further than the slick arrangement of Stock, Aitken
and Waterman's (for Princess) 'Say I'm Your Number One' (one of SAW's
very finest creations). Ms Knight is incandescent! The song is too!
Rod Temperton's gorgeous 'Always and Forever' (Heatwave - 1977) is another of
the album's solid gold highlights. Ms Knight's measured vibrato and glorious
vocal arabesques are truly magnificent. She makes it sound easy. It isn't!
Final track 'One More Try' (George Michael - 1988) is simply sublime.
A consummate musician; a great singer; a very fine recording. One of her best.
With other genres of music getting high praise over the course of 40 years like Rock, Techno, Hip Hop and now Dubstep getting the attention of the pop charts, Beverley wants to address the importance of Soul music and how it has affected the likes of British artists.
Spanning across the late 70s until the early 90s, the songs touch a certain generation as sentimental, the rest of us get to here some classics again from yesteryear that were perhaps forgotten.
Some powerful ballads show off her voice but her capabilities don't stop there.
Tracks like "Mama Used To Say" originally by Junior in 1982 and "Apparently Nothin'" (featuring Glen Scott & Roots Manuva) by Young Disciples make sure this record isn't just one style of Soul but it covers the whole spectrum of the genre.
There are some interesting choices of material on "Soul UK" in which some people might not link to two artists together.
For instance, the last song on the album called "One More Try" is a track by none other than George Michael. A great artist but you might not necessarily put Beverley in the same breath. Though with a little change in instruments and a different vibe in place, Beverley creates a great re-mastered version of the George Michael classic and deserves its place on the record for sure.
Though you are treated to a hit upon hit collection, some fans might feel cheated that there are no original songs by the singer/songwriter.Read more ›
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Absolutely brilliant CD which I have not taken out of my CD player since receiving it in the mail a few months back!Published on 9 May 2013 by RMThomas
I think this album does not do justice to her voice which is quite earthy, great for Blues and Ballad numbersPublished on 9 April 2013 by marieknight