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The Hush

Texas

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Album Review

Blessed with a stylish production and sharp commercial songs, White on Blonde made Texas into superstars everywhere except America — a situation familiar to many British acts of the '80s and '90s. Like most of their peers, Texas failed to deliver in the U.S. because of bungled promotion, since singles like "Black Eyed Boy" could have easily fit onto adult alternative radio. Texas must have been aware of this, since they switched labels in America, releasing White on Blonde's sequel The Hush near-simultaneously in the U.S. and the U.K. — a sure sign that they were aiming for the big time. As it turns out, they pulled off a minor coup with The Hush — they build on the strengths of White on Blonde, creating a sophisticated, sexy pop album that manages to balance commercial and creative concerns, with seemingly very little effort. It won't please longtime fans, who might be pining for a return to the rock of their early records, but the album's lush blend of melody, blue-eyed soul, dance and pop is undeniably alluring. Wisely, they take their cue from Sharleen Spiteri's hushed vocals, which are sultry but never histrionic. Some could argue that the entire affair is too self-consciously mature — after all, the majority of the album is devoted to mid-tempo pop numbers, and even the up-tempo cuts never work up much of a sweat — but the fact remains, few bands are capable of delivering a mainstream pop record as assured and listenable as this.

Customer Reviews

Not released in 2009

This is a fantastic collection of songs with the sexy and soulful Sharleen Spiteri leading the band, but it was not originally released in 2009. Please fix that.

Biography

Formed: 1986 in Glasgow, Scotland

Genre: Alternative

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

Despite taking their name from one of the 50 United States of America and adopting several American-sounding musical styles, the Scottish pop/rock band Texas found nearly all its success in Europe starting in the late '80s, including the multi-million selling albums Southside, White on Blonde, and The...
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