PAUL HEATON & JACQUI AB­BOTT

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At this stage, it’s safe to say that Paul Heaton and Jacqui Ab­bott’s re­union has been a suc­cess. The for­mer Beau­ti­ful South col­leagues re­joined forces in 2014 and three al­bums in, the pair’s rap­port con­tin­ues to thrive with an­other en­joy­able clutch of pop-rock tunes. Heaton’s wag­gish hu­mour emerges on the lyrics of songs like People Like Us, while Black­wa­ter Banks is a heart-on-sleeve love let­ter to Ireland. Through­out, Ab­bott’s vel­vety voice re­mains the per­fect foil to his nasal croon, whether it’s along­side the shim­mer­ing strings of If I May or the ram­bunc­tiously en­joy­able The Lord is a White Con. The nudge-nudge-wink-wink el­e­ment of Heaton’s lyri­cal prow­ess, as heard on Your Bit of Stuff, oc­ca­sion­ally over­pow­ers the more sub­tle num­bers, but over­all this is re­li­ably en­ter­tain­ing stuff. Paul­heaton.co.uk

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