Ex-short trousered person continues low-key comeback
Writer: Rob Beattie
Date: Oct 2001
Ex-short trousered person continues low-key comeback. Still a sucker for a pun.
You couldn't make Gilbert O'Sullivan's career up. Fourteen Top 40 hits in the 70s, AWOL in the 80s due to wretched contractual wrangles, and a 90s return marked mainly by success in Japan and a rising impatience with those who don't take him seriously. Delayed for a year, Irlish will satisfy fans of his wry, wordplay-stuffed vignettes with the contrary Sight For Sore Eyes, Have It (the sort of song he would have routinely had a hit with in his heyday) and Say Goodbye, the excellent Latino-tinged single with summery chorus, sung in Spanish. There are still too many fillers, but for fans the signs are that Gilbert O'Sullivan is on the upswing again.
Rating 3 out of 5