‘Crooked Calypso’ boasts all the hallmarks of Heaton’s peerless songwriting: songs buoyant with melody, and redolent with biting wit, but also real emotion.
Opening track ‘I Gotta Praise’, a euphoric secular Gospel anthem, raises the roof and opens the record in style. ‘The Lord Is A White Con’, meanwhile, considers religion as an exploitative tool of empire builders, while ‘She Got The Garden’ is the wittiest divorce song since ‘D-I-V-O-R-C-E’. And then there is ‘Blackwater Banks’, a gorgeous Irish waltz that the Dubliners would be proud to call their own.
Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott’s previous albums - ‘What Have We Become’ (’14) and ‘Wisdom, Laughter & Lines’ (’15) both reached the Top 5 in the charts.
Paul and Jacqui worked together on The Beautiful South’s biggest hits, including ‘Rotterdam’, ‘Perfect 10’ and ‘Don’t Marry Her’.
The pair bring their Irish tour to the Millennium Forum where they’ll be performing new songs from ‘Crooked Calypso’ alongside classic tracks from The Beautiful South’s and The Housemartins’ back catalogues.
Tickets £26 plus fees/charges on sale from Ticketmaster from 9.30am on Friday 7th July 2017.
For exclusive 48 hour tour pre-sale access pre-order the album at paulheaton.co.uk by 9pm Mon 03 July.
'The Beautiful South besties deliver new hits and old favourites with harmony and wit - ****' - The Guardian
'Wisdom, Laughter and Lines – glorious hymns to life's simple pleasures - ****' - The Guardian
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