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They're speaking again!!
on 13 August 2002
So, Bernard and David are back together. After two fantastic singles back in the mid-nineties ('Yes' and 'You Do'), it all fell apart, with the two releasing a half-formed album made up of the singles and associated B-sides. Thankfully they've made up, and produced this wonderful album.
This album starts with a belter - 'Theme From McAlmont And Butler' is a fantastic track - drums getting down a groove coupled with a dirty guitar from Bernard and wailing vocals from David go into a similar sounding chorus before going into yet another glorious chorus, this time with sweeping strings and a choir - what an opener.
Track 2 is the lead single, 'Falling'. Slightly reminiscent of 'Yes', this is a real grower, sure to produce many embarrassing attempts to match McAlmont's falsetto!
'Different Strokes' is a jaunty pop-soul song with added harmonica, strings, and a choir. This is a real summery, feel-good song.
'Can We Make It' - like the previous track, this is another feel-good song, this time with brass stabs.
'Blue' - Excellent acoustic guitar work on this slightly melancholy song.
'Bring It Back' - a funky electric guitar heralds another bright and breezy track.
'Where R U Now?'- Driven throughout by a head-nodding drum beat, this has a beautiful chorus melody.
'Sunny Boy' - nice enough when it's on, but a bit forgettable.
'Make It Right' - Another gorgeous track, laid back guitar licks swathed in strings and amazing vocals.
'Beat' - an 'epic' track, slow burning to a climax of gentle strings, glad to be alive vocals, and a guitar solo, before ebbing away with swooshes and a brief piano solo.
Overall this album is the very much the sum of it's parts - incredible guitar playing, producing and music from Bernard, coupled with David's outstanding, unique vocals. As this was recorded as a whole album (rather than the collection mentioned earlier), it is much more coherent than the previous record, with a gorgeous rich, warm sound throughout. I guess if I had to sum the album up in one word, it would be blissful.
In this age where the music business focuses more on the 'business' aspect, it's refreshing to hear an album made by people who want to make music for the sheer joy of it.