Contains all the music from the TV series and is mainly older Northern Soul tunes which to a Northern Soul lover like me is great, a few rarely heard tracks and I have spent many a happy hour singing along to them in my car (on my own fortunately for anyone who could hear me) Buy it you'll enjoy it
Targeted at a youthful female audience, No Angels was a run-of-the-mill Channel 4 comedy-drama series, centring on the lives of four nurses, which ran for 3 series between 2004 and 2006. It was as much about relationships with no-good men, and drunken nights as it was scenes in the operating theatres and wards of a hospital.
How were those experiences translated in song? Pleasingly, the compilers elected not to dollop out sensitive MOR gloop from the likes of Dido and Annie Lennox. Instead, they turned the clock back to the 1960s and 1970s, and focused primarily on female-fronted soul acts such as Aretha Franklin, Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, Dusty Springfield, and The Supremes, singing powerful songs of love and loss. Any track-listing prominently featuring this bunch, at their creative peaks, is going to be difficult, for me or anybody else, to find too much fault with. With a sizeable number of highly credible but far less obvious selections, like Jean Knight's 'Mr Big Stuff', Peggy Lee's 'I Love Being Here With You', and Kim Weston's 'Take Me In Your Arms', it appears to me that the individuals working on this OST had been avidly perusing back issues of music magazines Mojo and Uncut for ideas, rather than just idly flicking through Cosmopolitan and American Vogue, or even bothering to watch this relatively formulaic series all that closely. The inspired and unlikely decision to choose obscure 21st century act Noon Day Underground's hectic piece of post-modern pop 'Light Brigade' as the main theme to No Angels only seems to affirm that theory.
Though I don't think that it fitted together very well as a score to a relatively conventional television series, and actively dislike the crude artwork, I have to say that this 20 song CD is startlingly good. The track-listing to its follow-up - No Angels 2 - appears to be just as impressive.
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