Blue Is the Colourby The Beautiful South
"Don't marry her... f**k me." Light, dreamy pop that includes lines like this may knock the listener over. An added feature is the various ways vocal duties are shared by Jacqueline Abbot, Dave Hemingway, and Paul Heaton. Finely produced, it should be noted that the knob-twiddler here was Jon Kelly (Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Tori Amos, Kate Bush). Beautiful South reminds one of the blunt simplicity of some of the Ann Magnuson-sung Bongwater, but much more accessible. Dulcet harmonies with casual bar talk rewritten as poetry. "Have fun/And if you can't have fun/Have someone else's fun." The songs here transform spite and hurt into tuneful gems. "The whole place is pickled/The people are pickles for sure/And no one knows if they've done more here/Than they would do in a jar." Yes, yes, yes. Next time your significant other does you significant pain, just put Blue Is the Colour on for a few spins. It will be more healing than a public drunk and save you any day-after embarrassment.
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- Universal I.S.
Performance CreditsBeautiful South Primary Artist
Damon Butcher Keyboards
Martin Ditcham Percussion
Andy Duncan Percussion
Paul Heaton Vocals
Dave Hemmingway Vocals
David Rotheray Guitar
David Stead Drums
Sean Welch Bass
Jacqui Abbott Vocals
Technical CreditsJohn Brough Producer,Engineer
Damon Butcher Programming,String Arrangements
Andy Duncan Programming
Jon Kelly Producer
Arthur Murphy Paintings,Cover Painting
Jon Brough Producer
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The Beautiful South has always been a band that could turn out some wonderful songs. Sometimes, though, the albums have been marred by mediocre tunes mixed in with the gems. This may be the band's best album, simply because the good outweighs the bad so drastically here. The first half of the album -- especially 'Don't Marry Her,' 'Blackbird,' and 'Have Fun' -- is especially strong, and only in the album's final minutes does it seem to drag. The themes of domestic stagnation and drunken decay are not new for the band; these songs are simply among the best treatment that the band has given to these well-worn themes over the years.
Well, what more can you say, to me as an Englishman the words used in anything written by such a wonderful group are perfect. The songwritting is unmeasuarable compared to most things I have ever heard, undoubtedly Mr. Heaton and his gangs best album. This takes pride of place along with Queen's ''A Night At The Opera,'' dIRE sTRAIRS ''Brothers In Arms,'' and Squeeze's ''Singles 45 And Under.''