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A little bit of balance...
on 12 June 2012
In my opinion, this is comfortably Dexys' 4th best album. Musically, there is a lot of good stuff here, but lyrically I find it self indulgent and one dimensional.
The series of songs about/with Madeline Hyland are, in parts, cringe inducing. The depiction of a man pushing 60 (however cool his clothes might be), lusting after an attractive 20 something female is a little sad and even a bit creepy to be honest. Where the conversation pieces on 'Don't Stand Me Down' sounded impromptu (even if they weren't), innovative and amusing, here, they just sound cheesy, like a poorly scripted musical production.
On the positive side, even on the aforementioned duets, the musical arrangements are excellent, reprising and broadening Dexys unique take on soul music. Rowland's distinctive singing voice is also as strong as ever, even if his vocal styling is sometimes a bit odd. Many of the tracks, particularly 'Now' 'Me' and 'Free', stand up well on their own when heard in isolation from the self-pity fest of the album as a whole. 'You' is another of the better songs; although anyone who's heard its early 90s incarnation will wonder why the excellent trombone solo is missing when Big Jimmy Paterson features elsewhere on the album.
Unless you're someone like R Kelly, `She Got a Wiggle' is simply a rubbish song title. Why make it even worse with poor grammar?
It's not a bad album, but I'm slightly disappointed that, 25+ years after the monumental masterpiece that is 'Don't Stand Me Down', Kevin Rowland has nothing more to offer us lyrically than some quasi-6th form poetry about his inability to find love and how he's best off being alone. To quote the man himself from one of his lesser know (but far superior) efforts - 'As if we're f****ing interested!'