Beautiful South : Solid Bronze - Great Hits
Hits collection tarnishes reputation. Still, Christmas soon...
The point, it turns out, is a thorough trashing ofThe Beautiful South's reputation as Machiavellian AOR guerillas. That delicate, cool little early-90s pop band wrapping barbed wire socio-political commentary in tinkly chart-shaped packages? Nah, mate, they were only [I]practicing[/I]. They really wanted to recruit a singer cloned fromSharleen Spiteri (Jacqueline Abbot), break out the slide guitars and tambourines and be Everything But The Girl in cagoules ('Everybody's Talkin''; 'One Last Love Song'). Then they wanted to bash some bongos like Black Grape's dribbling grandads and make painful penis puns on 'Perfect 10' (to recap, Paul likes slim girls whereas Jacquie likes blokes with whopping great cocks hanging off 'em).
Irony, subtlety, intelligence? Just a passing phase, pal... here, have you heard the Morcheeba mix of 'The Mediterranean' or Paul literally becoming Phil Collins on 'Blackbird On The Wire'? Sigh.
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