By John Daniel Bull, 30 April 2014
In their trademark, whimsical style, The Beautiful South announced their split in 2007, citing “musical similarities” as the reason. Born from the ashes of The Housemartins, The Beautiful South released ten studio albums over two decades, becoming household names due to kitchen-sink dramatic tracks that could make a listener laugh-out-loud in-between singing along. With what was seemingly a revolving door policy regarding female vocalists, it was Jacqui Abbot who would contribute to the band’s biggest sellers, including hits “Rotterdam”, “Perfect 10” and “Don’t Marry Her”, before bowing out to focus on family life. Now, presumably due to necessary musical differences, she and co-founding co-frontman Paul Heaton have reunited for What Have We Become.