Carry On Up the Charts - The Best of the Beautiful South
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||Song for Whoever||The Beautiful South||4:04||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||You Keep It All In||The Beautiful South||2:52||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||I'll Sail This Ship Alone||The Beautiful South||4:04||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||A Little Time||The Beautiful South||2:58||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||My Book||The Beautiful South||2:51||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Let Love Speak Up Itself||The Beautiful South||4:18||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Old Red Eyes Is Back||The Beautiful South||3:33||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||We Are Each Other||The Beautiful South||3:35||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Bell Bottomed Tear||The Beautiful South||4:33||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||36D||The Beautiful South||4:00||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Good As Gold (Stupid As Mud)||The Beautiful South||3:47||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Everybody's Talkin'||The Beautiful South||2:36||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||Prettiest Eyes||The Beautiful South||3:47||£0.99||View In iTunes|
||One Last Love Song||The Beautiful South||3:34||£0.99||View In iTunes|
Carry On up the Charts: The Best of the Beautiful South was the surprise British hit of 1994, going platinum five times between its late fall release and the summer of 1995. The success was surprising, because while the Beautiful South had been modestly popular, their last few albums were sliding down the charts. However, their hits collection, Carry On up the Charts, flew to number one and stayed there for weeks. It's nothing more than all their singles, yet compiled together they make the most convincing case for the Beautiful South's sly, cynical sophisticated pop. Carry On up the Charts was finally released in the United States in the fall of 1995.
An album that survives the test of time
Although this album is over a decade old as I write this, I'm still enjoying listening to it. The cynicism of the lyrics - sometimes silly, black, or just plain raw - is still enjoyable, though I find I can't listen too often. A joke is not funny if you hear it too often. But in this case the jokes (if you can call thier type of black humour a joke) are good enough for the occasional re-listen. For instance, "Song for Whoever" plays on the stereotype of the charming ladies man, and suggests that he almost (but not quite) fools himself. "I'll Sail this Ship Alone" is seriously black humour, making a musical joke of the "cry for help" type of suicide. On a lighter but still fairly raw note, "A Little Time" is a nicely plotted story of marital separation from the point of view of a wife whose husband has decided to play around. Exceptions are the two "straight" songs - covers of "Everybody's Talkin'" and "Dream a Little Dream". The voices of the artists are exceptionally sweet and rich, and they have managed to come up with some arrangements that I like as much as the originals. These two songs are timeless classics, here done by people who know how to make a song work on both the musical and the emotional level.
A Fair and Unbiased Review
I won't beat around the bush - this is the greatest album in the world, ever.
Pity you cant
Was very enjoyable when first purchased. Lost for a while. Downloaded and thouroughly enjoyed once more.
Formed: 1989 in Hull, England
Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s