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Every Song Has It's Play

Source: Q

Writer: Rob Beattie

Date: September 1995



The ragged saga of Gilbert O'Sullivan continues with this odd, unsatisfactory piece of self indulgence.  Based loosely on a touring drama he did in 1991-92 it uses the conventional West End musical form (overture, loud group numbers alternating with reflective solo ones, reprise, much yipping from the cast) to rake through the old rise-and-fall of a musician.  Naturally, it's about himself and the wretched 1980's But Every Song Has It's (note embarrassingly incorrect apostrophe) Play is so predictable that's there's no joy in the unravelling, and songs like Nothing To Fear and You Don't Own Me are merely bald, vengeful statements: managers are crooks, musicians are hard done by, etc. etc.  Despite his evident talents, he's in danger of throwing the '90's away all on his own.


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