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0898 Beautiful South

The Beautiful South

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Album Review

The Beautiful South's 1989 debut would be important if only to mark the partial continuance of the Housemartins' legacy. But when vocalist Paul Heaton and drummer Dave Hemmingway greeted the world with Welcome to the Beautiful South, the handshake came with a Cheshire grin. Nothing in the Beautiful South was as it seemed. Where there was jaunty, jazzy pop, crossed fingers warned of murderous lyrics. If a single featured a fluttering flute, it was filled with familial terror. "Woman in the Wall," featuring one of the year's most memorable melodies and Heaton's plaintive lead vocal, also featured lines like "He'd enjoyed the thought of killing her before" and "when the rotting flesh began to stink." But even in the album's most gruesome moments, the streak of cynical, caustic sarcasm running through it was as clear as crop circles. This fact only made Welcome's twee goodness that much more fun, for with each well-placed barb it further proved what the Housemartins had started: pop didn't have to be stupid.

Customer Reviews

The old ones are the best??

A firm follower of The Beautiful South, this has to be my favourite album of theirs. A classic, aurally inspiring collection of easy melodies combined with witty, insightful (and sometimes worryingly believeably gruesome) lyrics. If you can get beyond the changing face and voice of the female singers over the years, Paul Heaton and his band of slightly warped friends will keep you in memory making music for life. They truely do have a song for every situation- for who of us does not know our very own "Old Red Eyes"?

Proberly their best album..

This is proberly one of the beautiful souths greatests albums (although all of them are amazing), it's filled with brilliant, witty lyrics, the best being domino man, old red eyes, 36 d, number 1 fan, ect. I remember hearing a lot of these songs when i was little. It is a pleasure to revisite them and 'relive' my youthful memories. Great album to have in the car also..

wrong album review!

the above review (the main one above the track listing) is for a diferent album, `welcome to the beautiful south`
a fantastic album full of singalong tracks with genius lyrics x


Formed: 1989 in Hull, England

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Following the disbandment of the British indie pop group the Housemartins in 1989, vocalist Paul Heaton and drummer David Hemmingway formed the Beautiful South. Where their previous group relied on jazzy guitars and witty, wry lyrics, the Beautiful South boasted a more sophisticated, jazzy pop sound, layered with keyboards, R&B-inflected female backing vocals and, occasionally, light orchestrations. Often, the group's relaxed, catchy songs contradicted the sarcastic, cynical thrust of the lyrics....
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