Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott are both former members of the British pop-rock group, The Beautiful South, which Heaton co-founded and Abbott sang lead and backing vocals for on the band’s fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh album. The pair since went on to release their debut album together in 2004, entitled, What Have We Become?, which was certified as gold by the British Phonographic Industry.
In October 2015, Heaton and Abbott released their second studio album, Wisdom, Laughter and Lines, which the Guardian describes as “glorious hymns to life’s simple pleasures”. The lyrics are beautifully tender, exploring a number of complex characters and emotions in amongst a blend of genres. Some reggae influence alongside soft-rock can be heard most notably on the track ‘The Austerity of Love’, and Heaton’s political and social beliefs are often expressed lyrically, as exemplified on the track ‘Heatongrad’. As the album title suggests, Heaton and Abbott’s latest material is positive and upbeat, but it is clear that their soulful energy and sound also reflects a thoughtful, more profound side to their music.
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