Having resisted the lure of going on one of these 1980’s
themed Here and Now tours which feature acts from the 1980’s, Hue and Cry are
still making great music as witnessed on their stunning new album – Hot Wire.
Opening track, Duty to the Debtor with its jazz influenced rhythms
shows the duo at their best. Little Man continues in that jazz mould - it is
the sort of track that Tom Jones should be doing now and one he could easily
cover. Hand and Heart is one of the most commercial songs on the album. Fail
You Better slows down the tempo and is one of those soulful ballads that the
duo always excelled in back in the day. If You Want Changes is a gospel
influenced track and with its self-belief lyric it provides an uplifting vibe. Carlos
Takes the fall has a Jamiroquai feel to the track with its wah wah guitar.
Saving one of the best cuts on the album until the last, Darkness
Falls lets Pat Kane’s vocals shine.
Soulful and sublime. They are still at the top of their game. If you like
Jamiroquai, Incognito or even Emeli Sande this album will appeal to you.