Saturday, 10 May 2014

CD Review: All I Ever Wanted - Kirsty MacColl

Singer, songwriter, musical collaborator, All I Ever Wanted is a long overdue retrospective of the late Kirsty MacColl’s musical career featuring 43 tracks spanning some 20 years.

Of course, her seasonal hit with the Pogues Fairytale In New York is featured, but that is only a small glimpse of the Kirsty MacColl story.

Her self-composed Stiff records debut They Don’t Know  failed to chart due to a distribution strike and it seemed at  least for the early part of the 1980s she would be known for writing hits for the likes of Billy Bragg and Tracey Ullman rather than recording them.

A resurgence in her career helped by The Pogues collaboration and a hit with a cover of The Kinks song Days helped get Kirsty’s career back on track.

All I Ever Wanted collects together later successes Walking Down Madison and In These Shoes  while recalling earlier works Terry, Keep Your Hands Off My Baby and There's A Guy Works Down The Chip Shop Swears He’s Elvis.

Diverse, experimental and always with a cheeky twist these recordings still make great listening for those who remember Kirsty MacColl and will no doubt serve to inspire those who have yet to discover her.

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