Cheap Pearls and Whisky Dreams: The Best Of... Reviews

Q--March, 1999 (Q150)
Love And Money, Cheap Pearls and Whisky Dreams: The Best Of...

Glasgow stalwarts compiled. Not titled Greatest Hits because they didn't have any.

In 1986, Love & Money were Scotland's latest rock hopes, their single "Candybar Express" swaggering enough to land them support on a U2 tour. But singer James Grant subsequently found jazz, subtlety, and artful contemplation, and they instead became a cult act whose heart-on-sleeve approach to music often went against mainstream tastes. A shame, for Grant was blessed with the lyricism of a poet. "Walk The Last Mile" and "Winter" made heartache appealling, while "Up Escalator" and "Hallulujah Man" (sic) possessed the gusto required for daytime radio play, which they never recieved. Now defunct, Love & Money only ever reached a tiny audience which, if nothing else, should make them revered further still by the few that already do."

Q Rating: *** (out of 5). Reviewed By: Nick Duerden

Scotland On Sunday--February 14, 1999 (Q150)
Love And Money, Cheap Pearls and Whisky Dreams


Ten painful years of the misunderstood and frequently misplaced Scottish band are commemorated here, revealing the multiple personalities that made them so hard to market in the first place. From the raucous bombast of 'Candybar Express' to the slick funk rock of 'Jocelyn Square', songwriter James Grant was a hard man to pin down. Compiled from their four Polygram releases, Cheap Pearls... makes it apparent that he was far more at ease with the introspective country-tinged material of their last (and least commercially successful) album, Dogs In The Traffic. Overall, it's a fitting epitaph for a band who touched greatness. ***

Colin Somerville

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