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Nothing But The Best

Source: Q

Writer: Rob Beattie

Date: July 1991


Hit very firmly with the stick they call "hard luck", it's difficult to remember that Gilbert O'Sullivan was once hailed by some as the best new English songwriter since Paul McCartney.


Emerging from a bitter  battle which kept him out of action for most of the 80's Gilbert now tries to inject some of the old Ooh-Wakka-Doo-Wakka-Day back into his career with an 18 track retrospective which unfortunately doesn't feature enough of his better songs, although Clair, Matrimony, Alone Again and We Will are all included.  At it's best as with Nothing Rhymed his work captured poignant and peculiarly Irish innocence but stereotyping how easily he slips into utter banality as he just can't tell the difference and too much is simply naff.


Rating 2 out of 5


Rob Beattie