Paul Heaton: The Cross Eyed Rambler (Universal)

Some bands are solo ventures in all but name – Simply Red, Spiritualized and Rollins Band each spring to mind. The Beautiful South were in the same bracket: they had six members and three vocalists, but everyone knew it was essentially Paul Heaton’s

12th July, 2008

Some bands are solo ventures in all but name – Simply Red, Spiritualized and Rollins Band each spring to mind. The Beautiful South were in the same bracket: they had six members and three vocalists, but everyone knew it was essentially Paul Heaton’s show.

Now, 18 months after they split, Heaton is back with a solo album that’s stylistically far closer to the jangly guitar-heavy indie rock of his Housemartins days than it...

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