Manchester Calling

Album Review of Manchester Calling by Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott.

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Manchester Calling

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott

Manchester Calling by Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott

Release Date: Mar 6, 2020
Record label: Virgin EMI
Genre(s): Pop/Rock

70 Music Critic Score
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Manchester Calling - Fairly Good, Based on 1 Critics

AllMusic - 70
Based on rating 7/10
70

After hitting the U.K. Top Five with all three of their prior duo albums, the Beautiful South's Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott return with a generous 16-track set. A tip of the hat to the Clash's double album London Calling, Manchester Calling verifies that Heaton can indeed churn out enough bouncy earworms and playfully acerbic verses to fill the more ambitious length, though it's likely thanks, at least in part, to the three-year gap between records, their longest yet.

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