It’s a shame the four singles from D’Arby’s 1987 debut Introducing The Hardline were his most successful as they were his worst?that unlovely real ale rasp pretending that screaming signified passion. Neither Fish Nor Flesh (1989) was far more interesting, and the three inclusions here indicate the tip of a bizarre iceberg. Symphony Or Damn (1993) was knobs-on commercialism, although songs like “Delicate” and “Do You Love Me Like You Say” have worn well. On Vibrator (1995) he simply tried too hard.
How’s his muse these days? See Uncut’s assessment of new album Wildcard! on page 91. Meanwhile, the versions here of “Heartbreak Hotel” and “A Change Is Gonna Come” suggest D’Arby may be too chained to the past to chart new territory.