In The Key Of G

Source: Q

Writer: Phil Sutcliffe

Date: Feb 1990

There's something about Gilbert O'Sullivan - everyone laughs when you mention his name, as if no one ever liked him anyway.  But from 1970 to '75 he had 14 British hit singles and was even number one in America with Alone Again (Naturally).  The recipe was a gawky piano style thumping away as though he'd been blessed with an extra set of thumbs, quirky tunes, and weird phrasing which somehow took your fancy.  His career bogged down in an eventually historic law suit over royalties, but this third album of a sporadic "comeback" finds O'Sullivan as good at whatever it was as ever - though presumably bereft of an audience.  This might seem cruel were it not for the reported 2 million court settlement.  In The Key of G is perfectly respectable, not a million miles out of touch with the new wave of solo artists, mainly women waxing intimate and clever about love and life.  Though it's a shame that he's become a rather classier ivory tickler, he still turns a cute lyric - most pleasantly in the teasing twists and turns of Gordon Bennett "What's the use in pretending you have lost your shoes / When you can't find your feet?"

Rating 3 out of 5

Phil Sutcliffe