Mojo (UK)

Paul Heaton And Jacqui Abbott

Crooked Calypso VIRGIN. CD/DL/LP

- David Quantick

Former Beautiful Housemarti­n and friend are back – and this time it’s soulful. Paul Heaton’s career has a clear throughlin­e from The Housemarti­ns’ Flag Day in 1984 right up to this, Heaton and Abbott’s third album together. Crooked Calypso sees them move away from their previous albums’ slightly odd crunchy guitar sound, into a fuller, even more soulful style. From the Hi Records strings of If I May to the hi-life sounds of Silence Is, this is an album made with unusual attention to detail. At times, Abbott and Heaton’s voices are a little interchang­eable in a way the male/female vocals weren’t in The Beautiful South, but in general the Heaton touchstone­s are all present here – shortage of definite articles, politics, wrinkles, a rockabilly number (The Lord Is A White Con) – with an energy and a sly melodic wit which puts Crooked Calypso up with his best work.

 ??  ??

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK