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Album Review

Can anyone really have expected much of a new album by Lulu in 2004? Forty years after she shot to stardom in England and 37 years after she did the same — briefly — in America, she would seem to be part of the fraternity of older English popsters who periodically step into the studio for another go at recording, without too much heavy lifting. So how come she's giving 103-percent or more on Back on Track? And how come the title of this 2004 album is strangely appropriate? The look, as she peers out from the inner fold of the inlay card on the CD, is the same kind she gave us in 1964 — the synthesized drums are something new, but otherwise, that raspy, bluesy voice competing with the electric lead guitar sound is not at all different from the 17-year-old who carried the Isley Brothers' "Shout" up the U.K. charts and parlayed it into a television and movie career. "Keep Talkin', I'm Listening" is the single and the lead-off track, but Lulu acquits herself well on "Now You Love Me," with its ringing guitar accompaniment, and plunges into harsher territory on "Slow Motion," a hard-rocking track that's a special surprise coming from the 56-year-old pop star. Then she moves into balladry with "Could I Be More Blue" and fills out the music's aching lyricism, and follows it with the even slower, softer, lovelier "All the Love in the World." The rest of the record is hard, loud rock & roll broken up with a pair of guitar-driven ballads, "Roll the Dice" and "Sentimental Heart," and ending on a luscious mid-tempo rocker, "Where the Poor Boys Dance," that could have been a single. There are no notes and the credits are printed ridiculously small, but there are lyrics that are readable, and the music is good enough that any flaws in the packaging are incidental.

Customer Reviews

A surprise!

It's hard to believe that the great album "Back On Track" is by the same woman who gave us "Shout" in 1964. Lu has recorded some HORRIBLE and DREADFUL songs in her long career but she has also recorded some that are BRILLIANT such as the 70s classic "Man Who Sold The World" and the soulful "Oh Me Oh My" not to mention "Where The Poor Boys Dance" from 2000, this woman really has improved with age. This album is filled with great, catchy and feel good tracks all performed to perfection, Lulu really is Back On Track.

a must have

if you're a fan of Lulu's vocal talents and appreciate the rawness that she can sing with while still showing the full spectrum of emotion, you must buy this. It's one of those albums you'll play too much again and again. All songs are great in their own right, it's amazing that the whole lot haven't been No1's. Supernatural is top of the pile!

A taste of what could have been

Back in the '60's Lulu decided to go the MOR route and produced some real dross with some of the most facile and inane music of the last 40 years being produced by her and with no one to blamne but herself for it. From time to time she would give us a glimpse of what might have been, her work with Bowie in the early '70's being an example of this.

This album shows us just how good she can be with the right material, decent production, and a chance to take a few chances. Many of the songs are self penned and give her a vehicle for that amazing voice of hers.

Since then she has had a higher profile and made some good work, notably the 2005 album of soul classics, 'A Little Sould in your Heart', but nothing as off message as 'Back on Track'...

Did I also mention that she is still just as sexy as ever?

Biography

Born: 03 November 1948 in Lennox Castle, Glasgow

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In the United States, Lulu is thought of as a one-hit wonder, having scored a memorable number one hit in 1967 with the bittersweet and evocative "To Sir, With Love" without ever duplicating that feat (though she did land three other singles in the Top 40). But in the United Kingdom, Lulu had already scored a handful of hits when "To Sir, With Love" was released as the B-side to "Let's Pretend," and at home she would become an enduring star in pop music, on television, on the stage, and in the movies,...
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