In 2004 The Beautiful South released "Gaze". By then the days of regular chart appearances were in the past. To try and drum up a bit of interest the record company started calling this their country lp. The songs featured were the usual mix a radio friendly tunes with razor sharp lyrics. There were a few nods the Nashville but no more than usual. I've posted 3 tracks and then to make the point I've posted their biggest hit which wouldn't seem out of place on a radio 2 country night and could be re-recorded as a Dolly and Kenny duet!
Paul Heaton and Dave Rotheray are two of the country's most under-rated songwriters. They are never mentioned when music programmes/ magazines periodically do their great songwriters slots. I think this may have something to do with the almost easy listening nature of some of the music, which is a real shame. It is almost as if they are viewed as that band that surprisingly sold a lot of their greatest hits lp.
You get the feeling is the same songs had been recorded in a gritty alt country style the "Uncuts" and "Words" of this world wouldn't stop having them on their front covers
You can buy Gaze here for the princely sum of £4:99!