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Believe by Sarah McGuinness

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Reviewed on 15th December 2010.



By Sarah McGuinness

'Believe' is an eclectic assortment of songs designed to accompany the feature length biopic of one of Britain's foremost comedy exports. Eddie Izzard's life has had its downs as well as ups and has taken him further a field than you might expect. Sarah McGuiness combines this with her love of 70's music to create an effective soundtrack, even if you need to see the documentary to fully appreciate it.

'Mama Can You Hear Me Now' is the refrain around which six of the fourteen tracks are based. The most notable of which being the glam rock version which manages to have all the giddy excitement of 'The Sweet' or 'Slade' whilst simultaneously evoking the memory of Izzard's loss at a very early age: one of the most poignant moments of the film sees him recalling the death of his mother. The song has hand claps but works in some twisted fashion and is far and away the highlight here.

The rest of the album is focused on where Izzard is at in his career. 'Arabia' sounds like it was lifted straight from an Aladdin musical, 'Sheffield 82' is full of 80's style synths, 'American Dream' is enigmatically funky and 'Soho Nights' sounds like a violent night on the tiles. The only flaw to it all is its inability to work as a stand alone piece of music without the film. It is however glamorous, bold and well reflecting of one of the first wave of comedians to play the big arenas, before comedy went truly mainstream.



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