One of this country’s most successful songwriters, Paul Heaton spent some two decades ruling the charts with softly melancholic, deeply witty pop music.
Returning to the partnership which initially fuelled The Beautiful South, the Northern talent recently sat down with Jacqui Abbott to focus on new material. The results are gathered on ‘What Have We Become’ and it’s a wonderfully personable, at times uproariously funny, document.
Out today (May 19th) the album veers from commentary on contemporary Britain to musings on the shifting pop landscape – whilst also touching on personal climes.
“Working with Jacqui again was like going into your garage and discovering a beautiful, covered up Rolls Royce that hadn't been started in years” Heaton says. “Jacqui is one of the best singers I've worked with and is also part of my past. It was only a matter of time before I asked her.”
“I always wrote songs with Jacqui in mind” he continues. “Even before I met her I pictured a voice that could carry the songs into people's hearts in a particular way. When I first heard her sing I almost laughed because it was SO right for the songs.”
With the album available to purchase now (pre-order link), Clash has obtained an intimate video chat with the pair. Frank and open about the working process behind their new album, it aptly demonstrates the chemistry between Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott.
Watch it now.
Source - Clash Magazine