August 2, 2011

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Sharleen Spiteri of Texas - no shrinking little voice, that one.


Still in the 90's tonight. Texas are an alternative band from Glasgow who have been together since 1986. They have released a number of albums and have achieved a huge following throughout Europe and have enjoyed multi-platinum sales on some of their work.

Not tonight's however. Mothers Heaven was hoping to cash in on the success of their first studio album, but it failed to materialize when it was released in 1991, even though there are many fine songs in this collection. One of those songs, which I'm featuring tonight, is the title track (Mothers Heaven) from the album and it perfectly illustrates what the great attraction is to this band. Lead singer Sharleen Spiteri is the chief vocal driving force of Texas. Hers is a very strong, very engaging voice, coupled with excellent production. This album by all intents and purposes should have been a huge commercial success, but it wasn't at the time. Their lucky streak with successful albums would have to come later. Strangely, they don't have a very big following in the States.

So tonights track constitutes early Texas at the time of their second album. Twenty years later they are still together, having resumed after a one year hiatus. They are currently on tour throughout Europe, taking advantage of the Festival season.

Check out their site if you get the chance and read up on them and see what they're up to. Never hurts.

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