Tasteful coffee-lounge listening

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 28 December, 2003, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 28 December, 2003, 12:00am

With their latest record, Careful What You Wish For, Texas - the British band that wished it belonged to the dance charts - has made another foot-tapping, coffee-lounge listening album.

The CD is the band's first release since their five-million-selling greatest hits compilation in 2000. The world has changed in that time - and so has their sound. So much so, that where there were once organs and guitars, now there are guest appearances from a ragga MC (Kardinal Offishall), and a London dancehall rapper (Dolamite). You wouldn't expect it, but it actually sounds okay.

The album is loaded with potential mainstream pop songs. It's a vivid and varied composition and lead singer Sharleen Spiteri's luscious vocals are at the fore.

The energetic Carnival Girl is one of the liveliest tracks, while the opening tune Telephone X hooks you with its infectious riffs.

Fans may also recognise track four - I'll See It Through - as it features in the soundtrack to the Christmas box office hit Love Actually.