Well, this album has been a long time coming and I, for one, have been waiting for 20 odd years for this and I'm not disappointed in the least. From who I consider to be two of the finest vocalists the UK music scene has produced in the last 25 years or so comes an album that is tender as well as unexpected, beautifully performed and produced, and even though the majority of tracks here are covers they have been recorded in such a way that brings new life, dimension, and spirit to the songs. There are a couple of brand new songs including the glorious 'Dangerous Eyes' penned by Julianne, surely has to be a single, and the trip that is 'A Change In The Weather', Wayne's new song contribution. Both Julianne and Wayne are in fantastic voice, as good as I've ever heard Wayne to be honest, but they have been largely overlooked by the media in recent years and in this age of X-Factor and very manufactured pop music they are beacons of integrity and a good example of artists traveling their own route and playing by their own rules. Now if only they could receive the acclaim they both richly deserve. Highlights for me on the album are the aforementioned 'Dangerous Eyes', an amazing rendition of the classic 'Wichita Lineman' which should be another single, and a slightly skewed version of Bowie's 'Ashes To Ashes' which I can predict will leave most listeners confounded. I also really enjoy the 'chilled' vibe of the Thinner Air Mix of Depeche Mode's 'Enjoy The Silence', far far superior in every way to the recent Susan Boyle version. Julianne and Wayne are two artists who reside outside of the 'normal' UK music business and because of this it affords them the opportunity to make music THEY enjoy rather than music they feel other people will enjoy. We should encourage our artists who don't travel the straight road and in Julianne and Wayne we have two of the best voices in unison, in harmony on what, for me, is certainly one of the albums of the year. Just don't expect The Mission or All About Eve! I hope Hussey-Regan go onto record more together because it's certainly a relationship that bears the most delicious fruit, I'd just like maybe to hear more new material next time around. And oh yeh, some gigs would be good too.
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