TEXAS

(UNITED KINGDOM)

JUMP ON BOARD

(2017)
LABEL:

BMG

GENRE:

POP

/ ROCK
TAGS:
Easy-Listening, Female vocals
"In an essentially optimistic atmosphere, "Jump on Board" is a new demonstration of a formation mastering its art to perfection."
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It's been 28 years since the hit 'I Don't Want A Lover' has been on the FM airwaves and on the soundtrack of every good party. However, during this period, Texas has only offered eight albums to his fans, and not all of them have had the same success as the phenomenal "Southside" which opened the hostilities in 1989. However, the Scots have nothing to complain about, especially since 1997 and the artistic turn taken with "White On Blonde" and its single 'Say What You Want'. Since then, the band of the charismatic Sharleen Spiteri has always reached the top of the charts with each release of a new album and there is hardly any chance that this will change with the newcomer entitled "Jump On Board".

And to encourage us to jump on board, it's the single 'Let's Work It Out' that opens this new opus with its nice and funky pop with disco accents and a catchy chorus. Texas does not revolutionize its identity but the know-how is there with a finely chiseled production, the warm and delicate voice of Sharleen, and a talent of composition always as unstoppable. In a close style, 'It Was Up To You' and its light layers of strings is also captivating, while the mid-tempo 'Won't Let You Down' benefits from a bewitching vocal and a melody which is not without reminding those of 'Stand By You' of the Pretenders, or 'Every Breath You Take' of the Police. More catchy and energetic, 'Tell That Girl' finds the rock energy and the direct efficiency of the first albums.

In the middle of these relatively classical titles for the formation of the country of the thistle, some light surprises come to slip to keep to the whole its dynamics and to keep the attention in a permanent awakening in spite of the surrounding fleecy comfort. First of all, there is the heady 'Can't Control' with its repetitive vocal pattern and its haunting chorus. On its side, 'Sending A Message' plunges us in a lounge and lustful atmosphere worthy of Morcheeba reinforced by the interventions of Ally McErlaine on the slide. Just as surprising, 'Great Romances' follows directly with its very 60's rock, light and catchy, deliciously retro and providing an irresistible desire to whistle. To note also a beautiful final composed of a funky and light 'Midnight' carried by Johnny McElhone's slamming and pregnant bass, and the divine and hypnotic 'Round The World' with its enveloping chorus and its catchy guitar gimmick.

In an essentially optimistic atmosphere, this new album of the Scots is thus a new demonstration of a formation mastering its art to perfection. Of course, the risks are rare but they are always used wisely and with total control. The band has an identity that has become its legend and has made it unavoidable for decades. So there is no reason to revolutionize its formula. Thus, "Jump On Board" should not escape a new world success and squat the podiums of the sales and the radio passages, and it would be wrong to dispute this success as predictable as deserved.
- Official website

TRACK LISTING:
01. Let's Work It Out - 3:41
02. Can't Control - 3:44
03. For Everything - 4:33
04. It Was Up To You - 3:19
05. Tell That Girl - 3:26
06. Sending A Message - 3:11
07. Great Romances - 3:29
08. Won't Let You Down - 5:00
09. Midnight - 3:18
10. Round The World - 3:45

LINEUP:
Ally Mcerlaine: Guitares
Eddie Campbell: Claviers
Johnny Mcelhone: Basse
Michael Bannister: Claviers / Piano
Ross Mcfarlane: Batterie
Sharleen Spiteri: Chant / Guitares / Piano
Tony Mcgovern: Guitares
   
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