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The quirky return of one of Britain's best solo artists....
on 24 July 2003
The 3rd solo album from Tery Hall is released on Damon Albarn's Honest John label,who released Albarn's world music album 'Mali Music' last year. Long time friend Albarn encouraged Hall to make another solo album and it was Hallï¿½s own growing interest in Jewish and Arabic music that led him to produce this multicultural diverse album that is very different to his previous solo albums,although not a million miles away from the sound of 'The Specials'. He probably did not have enough expertise in this area of music to produce the album himself,and so he eventually teamed up with former Fun-Da-Mental star Mushtaq, and brought in many Arabic, Jewish and Gypsy musicians to create a dazzling work in which Hall takes a back seat for much of the album, in much the same way Albarn did on Mali Music.His whispering Marc Almond-esque voice suits the hypnotic Middle Eastern sounds perfectly, and while Hall is obvious on the record it is almost perfect.The only times the quality drops is when Hall is absent,as the Arabic sounds and wailing become repetitive without Hall's fine voice present. Itï¿½s great to have one of Britainï¿½s most distinctive singers back on what is his best work for many years.Lets all hope he can produce an official website as it is very difficult to find out what Hall is up to.