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After the success of their previous work over —, the band hired prolific record producer Jon Kelly and recorded the album at AIR Studios in London. The album contains a more "muscular" yet sometimes more sombre sound than their previous albums, although still entirely retains lyricist Paul Heaton 's witty and bitter lyrical style.
The album "deals in fragile melodies and harmonies, soulful but low-key instrumentation, and lyrics full of subtle social commentary and humour. The album was released in March by the band's record label Go!
It reached number 4 on the UK Album Chartunlike their previous two albums which reached number 2; the record company blamed this on the cover which showed ladies' faces on the back of terrapins' shells. The album was a critical success, with reviewers praising its production, lyrics and distinct tone, although some critics recognise the album as being under-rated.
The album appeared on numerous lists of the best albums of ; Vox ranked it 18th,  NME ranked it 44th  and Robert Christgau placed it 53rd. The surprise was that he didn't then cop out. Working in a short space of time, the band quickly released their second album Choke a year later in October Although it reached number 2 in the UK Albums Chart,  it was not as much a critical success as its predecessor, despite drawing favourable reviews.
As with before, the band were quick to begin work on their third album. According to Roch Pairisen of Allmusic"there are no big poses or walls of crunchy guitars on [the album].
Instead, the group — which includes three lead vocalists -deals in fragile melodies and harmonies, soulful but low-key instrumentation, and lyrics full of subtle social commentary and humour. It starts with the best pop melodies you can hum—sort of like Elton John Does Detroit.
Harmonious piano arrangements blend with songwriter Paul Heaton's soulful vocals and occasional backing horns to create 12 songs that work like aural lithium. Until you actually listen to what Heaton and his two co-lead vocalists, Dave Hemingway and Briana Corrigan, are saying. The tunes suggest light, happy odes to love. The words are dark, sardonic musings on human nature. According to Trouser Pressthe album "features even more uplifting melodies and more balanced lyrics: 'Old Red Eyes Is Back', 'We Are Each Other' and the Corrigan-sung 'Bell-Bottomed Tear' benefit immeasurably by demonstrating a bit more compassion for their subjects.
Heaton hits particular peaks in his dialogue songs. There isn't a wailing guitar in sight". Every time he falls off the wagon and succumbs to drink again Although a guitar is the first sound you hear on the song, it's restrained, and quickly gives way to the melody, harmony, and biting vocals that drive the song. The chorus packs a sonic punch you wouldn't expect from the band, as Heaton and Hemmingway ask '36D, so what? Is that all that you got? It has been noted that "the strengths of her voice is exploited very well here — sugary, with a slight hiccup, but always fragile and vaguely damaged.
Either way, he's ruined her life. Quietly devastating. It contains Heaton's hedonistic and bold plans for retirement. Discs in most regions, whilst it was released on 14 April in the United States.
The album cover, which depicts ladies The Rocking Chair - Beautiful South* - 0898 Beautiful South faces on the back of terrapins ' shells, each representing a different mood on the album, was painted by artist David Cutter, as The Rocking Chair - Beautiful South* - 0898 Beautiful South the numerous illustrations in the liner notes, each of which is based on a song from the album, with one illustration for each song.
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The album was not a success in the United States, although it gave the band a larger following there than before. Billboard magazine reported in July that "although it has not yet dented the Heatseekers chart," the album "was experiencing a sales burst" in the United States. On 11 AprilBeautiful South entered in the UK Albums Chart at number 4,  which was considered something of a disappointment after the band's previous albums both reached number 2. The album was released to positive reviews.
Ted Kessler of Select gave the album a perfect five out of five score, saying "under a veneer of polished pop production The Beautiful South are contrary, twisted mavericks, and is the bright, acceptable face of the foul beast AOR — and their best work to date". Introduce them to a decent drum programmer and they could be a threat. Q gave the album a "Good" rating of three stars out of five, saying "The Beautiful South offers us boozers and losers, reshaping the world and overthrowing the government from the comfort of a bar stool.
It's well worth taking a trip to the Beautiful South. The album appeared in numerous lists of the best albums of The album has enjoyed a similarly favourable legacy, and some consider it to be an under-rated record. In a retrospective review, Roch Parisien of Allmusic rated the album three stars out of five, The Rocking Chair - Beautiful South* - 0898 Beautiful South the band's unusual sound and Kelly's production. Perhaps old age has pushed it to the back of the collection, or perhaps the unprecedented success of compilation album Carry on up the Chartswhich sold record numbers in record time and seemed to find a home in music collections up and down the land, big or small, just led to Beautiful South fatigue.
Regardless, is long overdue a revisit or two. Corrigan chose to leave the band after the release of the album to pursue a solo career. Although her decision was partly prompted by a desire to record and promote her own material which was not getting exposure within The Beautiful Southshe had also had ethical disagreements over some of Heaton's lyrics, most notably "Mini-correct", "Worthless Lie", which he had composed for the following album Miaowbut also for the Beautiful South single "36D", which criticised the British glamour industry via scathing comments about glamour models, and she thought he should have targeted the media instead.
The band followed Beautiful South with Miaow which was their least successful album so far, reaching only number 6 in the UK Albums Chart and receiving mixed reviews. However, the band's fortunes were revived with the release of their first greatest hits album Carry on up the Charts later that year, which became the band's first number one album in the UK and went on to become the second biggest selling album ofand by the summer of it was certified as 5x platinum in the UK.
As was their usual modus operandi, The Beautiful Deranged - Exodus - Original Album Collection: Discovering Exodus (All Media, Album, Album, Album, included unreleased material on the B-sides of the singles taken from their albums.
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the phone code, see Telephone numbers in the United Kingdom. The Beautiful South. Jon Kelly The Beautiful South. This success though by no means huge might be explained by the fact that the band adopted a slightly more muscular sound on the album. Where in the past they had used deceptively sweet, even sentimental, musical backing, here there are slashing guitars and gruesomely bubbling bass lines to toughen Situation (US 12 Mix) - Yazoo - Only Yazoo (The Best Of) sound.
Fans can rest easy, though, the band's unbelievable cruel and bitter lyrics remain in full force. Retrieved 4 July The Rocking Chair - Beautiful South* - 0898 Beautiful South 12 February British Phonographic Industry.
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