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Better Than Anyone Could Have Expected!,
This review is from: Now ain't the time for your tears (1993) (Audio CD)
Wendy James clearly had ideas about how her career should have gone but was thwarted by the way that her band Transvision Vamp was dealt with by the music industry. This made her neither cool and serious enough nor popstar enough so it all went a bit wrong.
Much was made of the Elvis Costello and Cait O`Riordan penned songs and the fact that Wendy James was NOT Elvis Costello as as singer. Costelo got a bit embarassed about the songs and distanced himself from this album, but he was very wrong to do so. I say this as someone who really loved Elvis Costello and had absolutely no reason to want to listen to Wendy James at the time.
Q magazine featured Basement Kiss on a give away CD on the release of Now Ain't the Time.. and I did have a sneaking likeing for the song but no real desire to sully my CD collection with the CD.
Times change though and I now have different listening habits wiith the advent of iPods, iTunes and the like. I actually got this album in a charity shop and thought i'd give it a listen. To my surprise it is rather wonderful. I think the bit mistake that many have made in listening to this is by approaching it with their Elvis Costello ears on and not thinking of it as a female pop singer album. On those terms it works really very well. Many people also said at the time, and since, that James does not understand that the lyrics, in several places, are a bit of a dig at her. I just don't buy that and am sure that she was well aware of what Puppet Girl, Basement Kiss etc were about.
Anyone buying this, knowing who the singer is, and is disappointed must be a bit on the unrealistic side. This is a very good pop album. Wendy James is streets ahead of the current crop of pop princesses. If you think you would like this you will