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Painting It Red

The Beautiful South

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The Beautiful South once again run aground with diminishing sales, bungled CD pressings, and -- probably the most troubling -- the reported departure of longtime vocalist Jacqueline Abbott. Still, the band had always managed to sound unflinchingly upbeat amidst bleak situations in the past, and Painting It Red comes off, in some ways, grinning more like an unsuspecting teenager than ever before. The band's staples of lyrical chicanery and mid-'80s inbred folk-pop are still lurking about apologizing to no one. Which might strike longtime listeners with the force of wet asparagus (what with predictably Heaton-esque lines like "Don't feel ever sorry for the dicks" or the kind of over-produced jangle this side of Orange Juice and Tears for Fears mud-wrestling for five hours, it's arguable the template has run its course), but -- nevertheless -- it can strike others of a band mastering their own roots. It's a challenge the album poses now and again. Single "Closer Than Most" is instantly likable, yet wouldn't be so out of step with Welcome to the Beautiful South. "You Can Call Me Leisure," a saucy, subtle duet rolling around on a bed of prancing pianos, is about as antagonistic to the band's discography as Menswear's "Daydreamer" is to Wire. But there's definitely something here that makes it hard to hate. This is a path much taken that still somehow promises rewards after ten years of traveling. Odd even while surrounded by new rumors of imminent breakup. If this marks the South's final statement, then so be it -- at least they went out with a blast of delusional air.
© Dean Carlson /TiVo

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1
Who's Gonna Tell?
00:02:37

Dave Rotheray, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Paul Heaton, Producer, Mixer, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Jon Kelly, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Ditcham, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - JOHN BROUGH, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Beautiful South, MainArtist - Dave Stead, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Sean Welch, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Hemingway, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - Jacqui Abbott, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2000 Go! Discs Ltd.

2
Closer Than Most
00:03:07

Chris White, Saxophones, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Rotheray, ComposerLyricist - Paul Heaton, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Jon Kelly, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Ditcham, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - JOHN BROUGH, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Neil Sidwell, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - The Beautiful South, MainArtist - Gary Hammond, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - steve spidwell, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2000 Go! Discs Ltd.

3
Just Checkin'
00:03:38

Dave Rotheray, ComposerLyricist - Paul Heaton, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Jon Kelly, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - JOHN BROUGH, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Beautiful South, MainArtist

℗ 2000 Go! Discs Ltd.

4
Hit Parade
00:03:45

Dave Rotheray, ComposerLyricist - Paul Heaton, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Jon Kelly, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - JOHN BROUGH, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Beautiful South, MainArtist

℗ 2000 Go! Discs Ltd.

5
Masculine Eclipse
00:03:55

Dave Rotheray, ComposerLyricist - Paul Heaton, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Jon Kelly, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - JOHN BROUGH, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Beautiful South, MainArtist

℗ 2000 Go! Discs Ltd.

6
'Til You Can't Tuck It In
00:03:30

Chris White, Saxophones, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Rotheray, ComposerLyricist - Paul Heaton, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Jon Kelly, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - JOHN BROUGH, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Neil Sidwell, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - The Beautiful South, MainArtist - steve spidwell, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2000 Go! Discs Ltd.

7
If We Crawl
00:04:14

Dave Rotheray, ComposerLyricist - Paul Heaton, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Jon Kelly, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Ditcham, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - JOHN BROUGH, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Beautiful South, MainArtist

℗ 2000 Go! Discs Ltd.

8
Tupperware Queen
00:03:34

Dave Rotheray, ComposerLyricist - Paul Heaton, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Jon Kelly, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - JOHN BROUGH, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Beautiful South, MainArtist

℗ 2000 Go! Discs Ltd.

9
Half Hearted Get (Is Second Best)
00:04:23

Dave Rotheray, ComposerLyricist - Paul Heaton, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Jon Kelly, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - JOHN BROUGH, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Beautiful South, MainArtist

℗ 2000 Go! Discs Ltd.

10
The River
00:05:22

Dave Rotheray, ComposerLyricist - Paul Heaton, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Jon Kelly, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - JOHN BROUGH, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Sidwell, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Sidwell, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Matt Baker, Cornet, AssociatedPerformer - John Doyle, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - Joseph Cook, Tuba, AssociatedPerformer - The Beautiful South, MainArtist - Laurence Quigg, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Lesley Howie, Tenor Horn, AssociatedPerformer - J M French, Euphonium, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2000 Go! Discs Ltd.

11
Baby Please Go
00:02:46

Dave Rotheray, ComposerLyricist - Paul Heaton, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Jon Kelly, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - JOHN BROUGH, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Beautiful South, MainArtist

℗ 2000 Go! Discs Ltd.

12
You Can Call Me Leisure
00:04:30

Dave Rotheray, ComposerLyricist - Paul Heaton, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Jon Kelly, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Ditcham, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - JOHN BROUGH, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Beautiful South, MainArtist

℗ 2000 Go! Discs Ltd.

13
Final Spark
00:05:03

Chris White, Unknown, Other - Dave Rotheray, ComposerLyricist - Paul Heaton, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Jon Kelly, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - JOHN BROUGH, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Beautiful South, MainArtist

℗ 2000 Go! Discs Ltd.

14
10,000 Feet
00:03:02

Dave Rotheray, ComposerLyricist - Paul Heaton, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Jon Kelly, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - JOHN BROUGH, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Beautiful South, MainArtist

℗ 2000 Go! Discs Ltd.

15
Hot On The Heels Of Heartbreak
00:03:59

Dave Rotheray, ComposerLyricist - Paul Heaton, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Jon Kelly, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - JOHN BROUGH, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Beautiful South, MainArtist

℗ 2000 Go! Discs Ltd.

16
The Mediterranean
00:04:02

Chris White, Saxophones, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Rotheray, ComposerLyricist - Paul Heaton, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Jon Kelly, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - JOHN BROUGH, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Neil Sidwell, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - The Beautiful South, MainArtist - Kevin Brown, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Anthony Robinson, Unknown, Other - steve spidwell, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Birtles, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2000 Go! Discs Ltd.

17
A Little Piece Of Advice
00:03:55

Chris White, Saxophones, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Rotheray, ComposerLyricist - Paul Heaton, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Jon Kelly, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - JOHN BROUGH, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Neil Sidwell, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - The Beautiful South, MainArtist - steve spidwell, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2000 Go! Discs Ltd.

18
Property Quiz
00:03:50

Dave Rotheray, ComposerLyricist - Paul Heaton, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Jon Kelly, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - JOHN BROUGH, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - The Beautiful South, MainArtist

℗ 2000 Go! Discs Ltd.

19
Chicken Wings
00:04:28

Chris White, Saxophones, AssociatedPerformer - Dave Rotheray, ComposerLyricist - Paul Heaton, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel, ComposerLyricist - Jon Kelly, Producer, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Martin Ditcham, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - JOHN BROUGH, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Steve Sidwell, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Neil Sidwell, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - The Beautiful South, MainArtist

℗ 2000 Go! Discs Ltd.

Album Description

The Beautiful South once again run aground with diminishing sales, bungled CD pressings, and -- probably the most troubling -- the reported departure of longtime vocalist Jacqueline Abbott. Still, the band had always managed to sound unflinchingly upbeat amidst bleak situations in the past, and Painting It Red comes off, in some ways, grinning more like an unsuspecting teenager than ever before. The band's staples of lyrical chicanery and mid-'80s inbred folk-pop are still lurking about apologizing to no one. Which might strike longtime listeners with the force of wet asparagus (what with predictably Heaton-esque lines like "Don't feel ever sorry for the dicks" or the kind of over-produced jangle this side of Orange Juice and Tears for Fears mud-wrestling for five hours, it's arguable the template has run its course), but -- nevertheless -- it can strike others of a band mastering their own roots. It's a challenge the album poses now and again. Single "Closer Than Most" is instantly likable, yet wouldn't be so out of step with Welcome to the Beautiful South. "You Can Call Me Leisure," a saucy, subtle duet rolling around on a bed of prancing pianos, is about as antagonistic to the band's discography as Menswear's "Daydreamer" is to Wire. But there's definitely something here that makes it hard to hate. This is a path much taken that still somehow promises rewards after ten years of traveling. Odd even while surrounded by new rumors of imminent breakup. If this marks the South's final statement, then so be it -- at least they went out with a blast of delusional air.
© Dean Carlson /TiVo

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