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Jimmy Somerville

  • The Singles Collection [London, 1991] B+
  • Dare to Love [London, 1995] Dud

Consumer Guide Reviews:

The Singles Collection [London, 1991]
As he fills out his technologically appointed hour and a quarter, the drag has nothing to do with mascara, pulling the educational "There's More to Love Than Boy Meets Girl" down toward the zipless Communards-period electrodance that surrounds it. But punch a few buttons and you get a 10- or 12-track tribute to great divas male and female. The predisco Bee Gees cover defines Somerville's context the way his thin, rapt, ethereal, sexy-by-fiat falsetto defines his devotional passion. Not only is the homoerotic the political--the high tenor is the political. B+

Dare to Love [London, 1995] Dud