Texas - Hi
There are few women left in pop music who have the self belief and attitude honed from years of being involved in the music business. Chrissie Hynde from The Pretenders and Shirley Ann Manson from Garbage spring to mind. And of course Sharleen Spiteri from Scottish band Texas.
I once saw Texas at a jazz festival in France. “You might ask yourself what we are doing appearing at a jazz festival” asked Spiteri. “It’s because we are good ... very good” she answered in unapologetic fashion. Add a few choice expletives for the full explanation.
That sums up Texas really, the band do not need to explain themselves. Releasing their new album in a 30 year plus career they continue releasing melodic blue eyed soul music.
comes with a Donna Summer sample whilst Hi
arrives in two versions, the first with Wu-Tang Clan - the latter not sounding so good to my ears. The Wu-Tang Clan version is possibly to appease the French market where Texas are a huge act - the band are playing arena sized venues in France next year. It sounds as much of a mishmash as as saying the two bands names in the same sentence.
Texas have a knack of writing strong melodies and Moonstar
, tinged with its country styled flavour, is no exception. It could even be the older brother of their introductory hit, I Don’t Need A Lover.
Look What You’ve Done
has a feel of New Order’s Blue Monday
with a pleasing guitar hook that even has Altered Images singer Clare Grogan supplying some vocals.
comes with a mid 1960’s influence - you could almost imagine Dusty Springfield singing this upbeat number.
Sound Of My Voice
is probably one of the best tracks on an already great album. Built around a strong melody “I hear the sound of my voice and it’s full of regret ... but there is nobody listening” sings Spiteri.
At times Falling
nearly runs into Constant Craving by k.d. Lang before the song suddenly does a u turn. A soulful heartfelt song that sounds even better with Spiteri’s vocals.
Overall though the sound is that of a band rejuvenated.
I rate the album 4 out of 5
Texas are on tour in 2022
19 February - Halifax Victoria Theatre
21 February - Liverpool Philharmonic
25 February - Harrogate Conference Centre
26 February - Hull Bonus Arena
28 February - Sheffield City Hall
3 March - Newcastle o2 City Hall
4 March - Manchester Bridgewater Hall