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Uncut JANUARY 2007 - by Alistair McKay
JOOLS HOLLAND: MOVING OUT TO THE COUNTRY
Celebrity karaoke with Later's human pianola.
Holland's longevity as a TV presenter is mysterious, but may be explained by the fact that musicians relax in his company. Here, Jools' pipe-and-slippers boogie-woogie is applied to country/soul standards. The result sounds like a high-class wedding band, with guest crooners KT Tunstall, Marc Almond and Tom Jones. Solomon Burke's Moving Out To The Country surpasses its context; otherwise the best turns are those in which Holland is quietest, notably Richard Hawley doing Hank Williams and Eno's somnambulant Dreaming My Dreams With You. Another profiterole, vicar?