Review: The Beautiful South

The Beautiful South
(Go! Discs Ltd.)

This British indie pop band gives vocal primacy to its song-oriented music.  The exquisite delivery of the lyrics and the hip, swinging rhythms of this sophisticated, fun album make it another irresistible entry in the band’s discography.  Relaxed and catchy, the beguiling choruses often belie a witty cynicism as in “Just a Few Things That I Ain’t”.  Somewhat jazzy and mixing female and male vocals, Gaze is like good museum art that holds the eye.