Choke (1990) Every so often, the British pop scene spawns a band that's pretentious but that manages to redeem its affectations with wit, invention, and melodic grace.… The Beautiful South Rock
Music Review

Choke (1990)

EW's GRADE
C-

Details Lead Performance: The Beautiful South; Genre: Rock

Every so often, the British pop scene spawns a band that's pretentious but that manages to redeem its affectations with wit, invention, and melodic grace. Not so this time. Paul Heaton — an alumnus of one of the acclaimed '80s British imports, the Housemartins has a melancholy baritone and a penchant for the ironic that recall former Smiths frontman Morrissey. But on his new band's second album, Choke, Heaton writes songs that capture all of the pomp and none of the poignancy of the ex-Smith and his ilk. C-

Originally posted Dec 07, 1990 Published in issue #43 Dec 07, 1990 Order article reprints