Quench (album)

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Quench
Quench (album).jpg
Studio album by The Beautiful South
Released 12 October 1998
Genre Pop, rock, jazz[1]
Length 52:42
Label Go! Discs Records
Producer Paul Heaton, Jon Kelly
The Beautiful South chronology
Blue Is the Colour
(1996)Blue Is the Colour1996
Quench
(1998)
Painting It Red
(2000)Painting It Red2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Consumer Guide (1-star Honorable Mention)[2]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music 3/5 stars[3]
The New Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[4]
PopMatters 6.7/10[5]

Quench is The Beautiful South's sixth original album, released in the UK on 12 October 1998. Including the compilation Carry On Up The Charts, it was the band's third album in a row to reach the top of the charts.

The cover depicts a boxer by Scottish painter Peter Howson. Commissioned for the album, the original painting can be seen in the Ferens Art Gallery, Hull. After the band cropped the image and used it in merchandise and promotional material, Howson took legal action against the band, receiving around £30,000 in damages.[6] Whilst the first two singles from the album also have artwork by Howson, "How Long's a Tear Take to Dry?" and "The Table" do not.

Singles[edit]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Paul Heaton and Dave Rotheray

  1. "How Long's a Tear Take to Dry?"
  2. "The Lure of the Sea"
  3. "Big Coin"
  4. "Dumb"
  5. "Perfect 10"
  6. "The Slide"
  7. "Look What I Found in My Beer"
  8. "The Table"
  9. "Window Shopping for Blinds"
  10. "Pockets"
  11. "I May Be Ugly"
  12. "Losing Things"
  13. "Your Father and I"

B-sides[edit]

As was their usual modus operandi, The Beautiful South included unreleased material on the B-sides of the singles taken from their albums.[7]

from the "Perfect 10" CD1

  • "Perfect 10"
  • "If"
  • "I'll Sail This Ship Alone" (performed by the East Yorkshire Motor Services Band)

from the "Perfect 10" CD2

  • "Perfect 10"
  • "Loving Arms" (Tom Jans)
  • "One Last Love Song" (performed by the East Yorkshire Motor Services Band)

from the "Dumb" CD1

  • "Dumb"
  • "Suck Harder"
  • "Especially For You" (performed by the East Yorkshire Motor Services Band, sleeve lists "Blackbird On The Wire")

from the "Dumb" CD2

from the "How Long's a Tear Take to Dry?" CD1

  • "How Long's A Tear Take To Dry?"
  • "How Long's A Tear Take To Dry?" (Remix)
  • "Perfect 10" (Acoustic)

from the "How Long's a Tear Take to Dry?" CD2

  • "How Long's A Tear Take To Dry?"
  • "Big Coin" (Acoustic, live on BBC Radio 1's The Mark Goodier Show)
  • "Rotterdam" (Acoustic with Paul Heaton on vocals, recorded for BBC Radio 2 and UK Arena's songwriter circle 'In The Round' Dec. 2, 1998.

from "The Table" CD1

from "The Table" CD2

All the acoustic tracks were recorded for BBC Radio 2 and UK Arena's songwriter circle 'In The Round' Dec. 2, 1998.

Personnel[edit]

The Beautiful South

with:

References[edit]

Preceded by
Hits by Phil Collins
UK number one album
24 October 1998 – 6 November 1998
Succeeded by
I've Been Expecting You by Robbie Williams