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  • Summary: The former frontman of Simply Red pays tribute to American 1960s soul music with this 12-track covers release.
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The Girl That Radiates That Charm
I’ve got a girl that shows that she’s the one She’s a pretty little thing, yeah, really goes for me She got two big sparkly eyes heaven must... See the rest of the song lyrics
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  1. Positive: 3 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. Q Magazine
    Nov 26, 2012
    Three years after Rod's Soulbook covers album, Hucknall does that bit better, as you would expect from a voice with more than a decade's less wear and tear. [Dec 2012, p.106]
  2. 80
    There's an assured balance of passion and restraint in his takes on "I'd Rather Go Blind" and "I Only Have Eyes For You", though his "Lonely Avenue" lacks Ray Charles' relaxed slouch.
  3. Nov 26, 2012
    Hearing these songs in any format is a tremendous pleasure, and Hucknall here does them credit.
  4. Nov 26, 2012
    It gets closer to the spirit and sound of what Hucknall loves.
  5. Uncut
    Nov 26, 2012
    American Soul is more rewarding than Phil Collins' recent album of Motown covers, but is ultimately defined by a similar sense of futility. [Dec 2012, p.72]
  6. Nov 26, 2012
    The central weakness is that, no matter how good the songs, you don't get swept away with the emotion of great (hit) lyrics.
  7. Tthey run the gamut from cheesy to cheesier with Hucknall managing to make every song sound impressively dated.

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