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Mothers Heaven

Texas

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Album Review

Texas is a good name for this band, whose sound is open, brooding and just a bit on the twangy side; if you can imagine a sound somewhere between the dour, minimalist bluesiness of Cowboy Junkies and the yearning, gospel-tinged bombast of early U2, you'll have a good idea what to expect. Singer Sharleen Spiteri has the perfect voice for this kind of thing: it's low-ptched and dark-hued, and is shown off to best effect when she's belting out big, cathartic numbers like the title track and "Why Believe in You." Ally McErlaine is a brilliant slide guitarist who can move from grungy, greasy rock to desolate acoustic Delta blues without missing a beat. It's true that the group still needs to digest its influences a bit — "Dream Hotel," in particular, sounds like a U2 reject — but most of the time, Texas does a good job of mapping out its own territory. And this is just their second album, remember.

Customer Reviews

This record is a must!

I can't believe no one has reviewed this album! Folks - I have listened to the various songs that have made Texas famous later in the '90s, but THIS is their best album. "Mother's Heaven" was all over alternative radio in the early '90s and it is no wonder. It is big and moody and chunky. The guitars are perfect and the vocals gorgeous. This is one of my favorite summer albums. The title track and the amazing "Why Believe In You" are key, but there is not a bad tune on this disk. Trust me. The first five songs are better than ANYTHING you are listening to now.

great album from a group most haven't heard of

I probably would never have discovered this album if I wasn't living in Europe in the early 90's. That would have been a shame. Great album, from the first song to the last. Great guitar sounds on Beliefs and Walk the Dust.

Great Album!

I'd been a casual fan of Texas, mostly listening to their late 90's - early 2000 hits, when I found this cd at the local good will store for 50 cents. I am now an avid fan of the group. This album is amazing! I love every song. Sharleen's voice is at it's best here. A few tracks have a bit of a country/folk feel, while all possess a touch of classic rock. "This Will All Be Mine" is a very simple song, with not much more than a guitar and Sharleen's gorgeous lower register, but it is very captivating. I highly recommend this album!

Biography

Formed: 1986 in Glasgow, Scotland

Genre: Alternative

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

Taking their name from the Wim Wenders film Paris, Texas, the Scottish pop/rock band Texas recorded a series of multi-million-selling albums (Southside, White on Blonde, The Hush), as well as many hit singles...
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