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The soul singer has made her most accessible album to date with this excellently picked collection of 80s and 90s covers. Is it worth a listen? Find out below.
Beverley Knight released her first album when Britpop was in its pomp and the urban music scene was struggling for airtime. Soul UK is her tribute to British soul acts from that period and the decade that preceded it.
The selection is a reminder of plenty of great tunes. With songs like Junior's Mama Used to Say, Jamiroquai's When You Gonna Learn, and Omar's There's Nothing Like This, the album really shows off the Wolverhampton diva's vocal range. Few singers can bridge genres as well as Knight.
Many of the tracks are faithful covers, but the songs where she gives the arrangements her own stamp are the most impressive.
Roachford's Cuddly Toy is transformed into a Motown stomper, and 90s acid jazz floor filler Apparently Nothin' gets a rap break from the brilliant Roots Manuva.
All in all, it’s a classy album that gives a new twist to many classic songs. Highly recommended.