Tuesday 21 January 2020

Spiteri's chat is lacking in conviction

New release: Feisty Scot Sharleen Spiteri
New release: Feisty Scot Sharleen Spiteri
John Meagher

John Meagher

Album Review: Texas The Conversation (Pias) 2 STARS

It's been eight years since Sharleen Spiteri and friends last released an album and such is the regard with which the Scot is held that she can command collaborations with such luminaries as Richard Hawley and Bernard Butler (the latter is a busy man: see the Frankie & The Heartstrings review on page 16).

Unfortunately, The Conversation doesn't have a huge amount to say.

All too often, the ex-hairdresser appears to be on autopilot – witness the ham-fisted lyrics on Detroit City and the far-from-illuminating sentiments of Talk about Love.

Spiteri can still write catchy melodies, but you'll be hard pressed to find many songs here that will enjoy the mass appeal of, for instance, Say What You Want.

There are lovely guitar touches here and there and Hawley, in particular, makes his presence felt. (He was involved in seven tracks in total.)

Yet, strangely – considering her illustrious guests and Spiteri's oft-praised feistiness – there's a listlessness present that just can't be shaken.

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