PAUL HEATON & JAC­qUI AB­BOT

Crooked Ca­lypso 7/10

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No-one writes with such wince-in­duc­ing ac­cu­racy about their tar­get au­di­ence as this for­mer Beau­ti­ful South pair­ing. Th­ese are songs ad­dressed to mid­dle-aged al­co­holics on their sec­ond or third mar­riages, be they lovelorn ro­man­tics, adul­ter­ers or “The Fat Man” whose face­less body fea­tures on news footage about obe­sity. The Philly disco of “He Wants To” is an amus­ing warn­ing about preda­tory men, while “Black­wa­ter Banks” is a hymn to Ire­land to ri­val “Fairy­tale Of New York”.

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