The ex-Smith proves his greatness on a spiky live album
The Handy Wah! Whole
All the [a]Wah[/a] you'll ever need.
This consolidation of Wah recorded history argues persuasively for Wylie's inclusion in the pantheon of great songwriters. All of Wylie's (many) inconsistencies erased by omission, the Wah trajectory is plotted from the early Clash-idolatry of 'Seven Minutes To Midnight', through the expressive, sumptuous soul ballads and melodramatic pop of Wylie's '80s heyday ('Story Of The Blues', 'Hope', 'Come Back', 'Sinful') to the stirring - if cartoonish - terrace anthem 'Heart As Big As Liverpool'. Anger, pride and despair have rarely been articulated quite so ambitiously as they are in these songs - even the ones that sound like Simple Minds.
Wylie is determined not to be forgotten, and with this, there's little chance he will be. Thirty-one songs. Two and a half hours. All the Wah you'll ever need.
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