Picks and Pans Review: The Hush
This Scottish quintet has no real connection to the Lone Star State (they are named after the movie Paris, Texas because they liked Ry Cooder’s soundtrack). But even if they don’t know Waxahachie from Texarkana, the band displays a rare inventiveness, and lead singer Sharleen Spiteri still has that luminous, musical voice and a style that ingeniously fuses the sexiness of Diana Ross, the rock sensibility of Chrissie Hynde and the raspy voice of Kim Carnes. With a soulful rock sound that is propelled by drummer Richard Hynd, Spiteri makes the most of what is not an especially literate set of 12 songs (written by Spiteri with bassist John McElhone).
While Texas has sold 10 million albums worldwide since their late-’80s start in Glasgow, they haven’t made the inroads into the U.S. market that some of their U.K. contemporaries have. This all-around solid album could well bring them closer to the American spotlight.
Bottom Line: Well-kept secret from Scotland begins to emerge