In 1994 The Beautiful South transformed their declining fortunes by releasing the compilation Carry On Up The Charts, which surprised just about everyone by becoming one of the bestselling albums of the decade. Now they're effectively releasing it again - except this time it's called Solid Bronze and some of the older songs have been dropped in favour of more recent efforts. Unfortunately, replacing Sail This Ship Alone and Let Love Speak Up Itself with the likes of Rotterdam only serves to highlight the South's gentle decline from smart, literate popsters to lightweight, superficial jokers. So while Solid Bronze is still a decent album in itself, there's a distinct air of cynicism about the whole exercise. Best advice: stick to the original.
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