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Together HHHHI

GIVING the young whipper-snappers a run for their money, Scotland's very own Lulu shows that she can still entertain the masses even after all these years.

Opting for that age-old trick of doing famous duets (Tom Jones didn't do too badly out of his efforts), this is unquestionably an effort to make Lulu more loveable to a whole new generation of music lovers.

So it comes as no surprise to see that she's enlisted the likes of Ronan Keating, Atomic Kitten, Westlife and Samantha Mumba to tempt teens to part with their pocket money.

For the more mature listener, there's Sting, Marti Pellow, Paul McCartney and Cliff Richard, but no duets album would be complete without Sir Elton John, who seems to have teamed up with just about anyone who'll have him. Whether you're more inclined towards the young bucks or the old timers, the duets are, for the most part, stylish reinvention's of age-old classics.

However, Sail On Sailor with Sting and Womack and Womack's timeless Teardrops with Elton just end up sounding like an ear-shattering sing-off, as the massive stars try to out do each other with their powerful vocals. Criticism aside, the duets with Atomic Kitten (Shame, Shame, Shame), Westlife (Back At One) and Ronan Keating (We've Got Tonight) are quite spectacular, while Irish starlet Samantha Mumba does Lulu's Bond theme tune, To Sir With Love, particular justice. However, nothing on Together can match Lulu's finest pop collaboration, namely Relight My Fire with Take That.

The Charlatans

Songs From The Other Side 1990-1997 HHHII

SINGLES such as The Only One I Know and Can't Get Out Of Bed may have helped make a name for the group who were instrumental to the Madchester music scene of the early Nineties, but this fine collection of B-sides highlight their formidable creative skills beyond just singles.

Songs featured include Imperial 109, Stir It Up and an extended version of Happen To Die.
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Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 24, 2002
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