Review: Jack Foley
GIVEN the current soul revival spearheaded by the likes of Joss
Stone, it comes as no surprise that other artists are venturing
into older territory for quick musical success.
The latest to revive some former classics is British singing
legend, Lulu who, with the help of executive producer, Sir Elton
John, has concocted a collection of 11 soul classics designed
to... well, I'm not sure really.
It's actually hard to think of a good reason why this album has
been put out given the pedigree of those involved.
Sir Elton certainly doesn't need the money, while Lulu can look
back on a career spanning 40 years and plenty of chart hits.
Perhaps she's attempting to appeal to a more youthful fanbase
to carry her through a few more decades, or maybe she's just indulging
a passion, but this collection of soul classics continually begs
the question, 'why?'
Lulu fans will probably get a kick out of hearing their favourite
singer's voice give a workout to the likes of Try A Little
Tenderness (The Commitments did it better) or Put A Little
Love In Your Heart.
But do we really need another version of The Shoop Shoop
And lame, piano-based ballads such as Gateway To Heaven,
a supposed bonus at the end of the compilation, really lack the
soul that was intended in the first place.
For the Lulu diehards only!