Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott, Shepherd's Bush Empire, gig review
The Beautiful South duo are clearly pleased to be making music again
Wednesday 28 May 2014
The Beautiful South’s Paul Heaton was, in his pomp, one of the finest British pop songwriters of his generation, a witty, soulful northern poet, a Morrissey that brandished a scowl instead of a gladioli.
But that prime is a long time ago; after his old band split in 2006, other members have regrouped as The South, touring the hits, while Heaton’s two solo albums charted outside the Top 40. Makes sense, then, that he would reunite with his most popular female foil Jacqui Abbott (though not his best - that title for me goes to previous South singer Briana Corrigan).
Abbott and Heaton are visibly delighted to be singing together again after 14 years (their album ‘What Have We Become’ just charted at number three), precise and fluid in their movements and melodies.
And though the Dolly Parton pastiche ‘DIY’ recalls the dark days of the likes of ‘Perfect 10’, among their new tracks there’s plenty to mean you’re not just biding the time until another Beautiful South or Housemartins oldie, from the Welleresque Northern-soul stomp of ‘Moulding Of A Fool’ via the heavy fuzz guitar and dramatic piano of ‘Some Dancing To Do’ to the sweeping ballad ‘When It Was Ours’.
ReviewThese heroes in a half shell should have been left in hibernation
Sek, k'athjilari! (That’s “yes, definitely” to non-native speakers).TV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Jack the Ripper: Scientist who claims to have identified notorious killer has 'made serious DNA error'
- 2 Banksy arrest hoax: Internet duped by fake report claiming street artist's identity has been revealed
- 3 Drink alcohol and eat meat to improve male fertility - but cut down on coffee, studies suggest
- 4 Former East 17 frontman Brian Harvey turns up at Downing Street and 'demands to speak to Prime Minister'
- 5 The inventor of the Facebook 'like' button says he never made a 'dislike' button because he feared the 'unfortunate consequences'
Doctor Who, Flatline - review: Clara isn’t half bad as the Time Lord
Downton Abbey review series 5, episode 5: Period drama falls disappointingly flat
Star Wars memorabilia called a 'bit of plastic' on Antiques Roadshow by Fiona Bruce valued at £50,000
Fury, film review: Brad Pitt is intriguing as unsympathetic war hero
Star Wars Episode 7 has almost finished filming
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Lord Freud: Tory welfare minister apologises after saying disabled people are 'not worth’ the minimum wage
Lord Freud hangs on as MPs of all parties 'call for his head' over disability comments