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  • Audio CD (April 16, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Polygram UK
  • ASIN: B000051ZRW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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1. Who's Gonna Tell?
2. Closer Than Most
3. Just Checkin'
4. Hit Parade
5. Masculine Eclipse
6. 'Til You Can't Tuck It In
7. If We Crawl
8. Tupperware Queen
9. Half-Hearted Get (Is Second Best)
10. The River
11. Baby Please Go
12. You Can Call Me Leisure
13. Final Spark
14. 10,000 Feet
15. Hot On The Heels Of Heartbreak
16. The Mediterranean
17. A Little Piece Of Advice
18. Property Quiz
19. Chicken Wings

Editorial Reviews

Standard version of the adult alternative act's 7th album. 19 tracks including the first single, 'Closer Than Most' andthe UK exclusive bonus tracks, 'Chicken Wings' & Who's GonnaTell? 2000 release. Standard jewelcase housed in a slipcase.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By cdswatch on November 18, 2001
Format: Audio CD
You know you are an elder statesman when many are eagerly waiting in their wings for your 'misses'. As with beautiful supermodels, they look for any sign of aging and similarly for rock stars, sign of cirrhosis. It seems to me that with the release of a Beautiful South album of late, there would be a group of fans who lash out at them. Is Beautiful South on the slipperly slope to the land of ex-pop stardom and the members should check their retirement accounts to ensure that they won't run out of beer money for the rest of their lives? Fat chance.
Not with this one, at least. Sure, there is a growing sign of tiredness of remaking old records which will probably mean strong witty lyrics and so-so music. What sets 'Painting it Red' apart is the venture into different music genres. The playfulness is not so much in the lyrics anymore but instead in the wide variety of musical arrangements. From the hip street beat 'Just Checkin' to sentimental ballad 'The River' to slightly soulful 'Baby Please Go'. This is arguably the first time in years you can filter out the lyrics and still have a pretty decent record from them. All the songs are pretty consistent, equally good although there are no killer tunes ala 'Song for Whoever' or 'Rotterdam.'
I certainly hope that Beautiful South will keep on making excellent records such as this, but all the enticement the past fans have thrown at me might one day prove irresistible. Until then, they are my chosen drug tonight.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "teddybee" on November 1, 2000
Format: Audio CD
The Beautiful South makes music for grown-ups: achingly pretty, savagely witty pop songs about the dark corners of human feeling. "Painting It Red" is their latest offering, seventeen beautifully crafted songs that examine the ways in which we love, fool, doubt and disappoint ourselves and each other.
Dave Rotheray's music is, as always, an insidiously catchy blend of pop, r&b, soul and jazz, with hooky riffs percolating through "Just Checking" and "A Little Piece of Advice." Paul Heaton's lyrics manage to be both hilariously contemptuous and quietly compassionate. ("They say be wary of strangers/Especially when they offer you sweets/But there ain't no government health warning/On half the mad fuckers you meet/Save yourself personal tragedy/Go back to the man with the sweets") And the vocals---by Heaton, Dave Hemingway and Jacqueline Abbot---are nuanced and lovely: heartfelt, but never forced.
This band gets better and better with each new disc. Check them out. Pop music may never be deep enough to truly capture the mix of hilarity and heartbreak in the way we live today. But as their song title says, The Beautiful South come "Closer Than Most."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 3, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I jumped the gun and went to the amazon.uk.co site and bought the "english" version with 20 tracks versus the states 17 track version. The US release is missing 'Who's Gonna Tell?' (sounds more like a reading of a poem rather than a song); 'White Teeth' (think 'Big Coin' from Quench); and 'Chicken Wings' (This has got to be the saddest song I have heard from TBS). Anyway like other reviews this album takes numerous listening to really appreciate. I found the music on the 2nd CD more upbeat. I think it has more range than any one of the previous albums. I'm also happy to hear more than just Paul and Jacqueline vocals. Dave leads more than a couple of songs in this set. I can't help but feel that this set sounds like a mixture of all the previous albums put together and TBS has hit it's stride. Let's just hope they keep it coming.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Craig on October 28, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This album breaks my heart because it is the last I will hear of my beloved Jacqueline, with the band. I love Paul, but my heart has always been partial to Jacque. Saying that, I am looking forward to the new record and many more fantastic adventures from Paul and the gang.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 22, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Those new to the music of The Beautiful South probably ought to have a listen first to "Blue is the Colour" & "Quench" in order to better appreciate "Painting it Red".
Much to my disappointment, this album tends to appeal more towards those already well acquainted with The Beautiful South. References to Paul Heaton's well-chronicled struggles with drink are few, aside from the solid track 'The Mediterrean'. PH's lyrical brillance continues to shine through on several tracks, however many others fail to reach the level of quality we've come to consistantly expect from The Beautiful South. David Hemmingway's increased presence on PIR is welcomed, and particularly in light of Jacqui's departure for reasons yet unclear.
Those looking for more playful songs e.g. Perfect 10 or Don't Marry Her-to drawn upon the previous two albums will find this element missing. 'Closer Than Most', their most commercial track, why lyrically lacking in some respects, is a refreshingly upbeat track. The country-rock influenced track, 'Hot on the heels of hearbreak' is an excellent duet between Paul & Jacqui-and what a shame it was never performed on tour.
PIR reflects, in my view, Paul Heaton's long-awaited shift towards sobriety and personal responsibility for his own sense of well-being. The rumored COUTC 2, should certainly include at least 2 or 3 tracks from PIR-but the selections will be obvious. As it has been often mentioned, the album is better appreciated through multiple listenings. Those who do will not be disappointed, nor estatic, but satisfied.
'Chicken Wings' an extremely sad but wonderful track is missing from the 17 track US release. I would suggest the UK standard 19 track album including 'Chicken Wings'.
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