What Have We Become?

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What Have We Become?
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Studio album by Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott
Released 19 May 2014
Recorded The Chairworks, Castleford, West Yorkshire, 2013
Genre Alternative, indie rock
Length 45:28
Label Virgin EMI
Producer John Owen Williams
Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott chronology
Paul Heaton presents...The 8th
(2011)Paul Heaton presents...The 8th2011
What Have We Become
Wisdom, Laughter and Lines
(2015)Wisdom, Laughter and Lines2015
Professional ratings
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Metacritic 76/100[1]
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What Have We Become? is a studio album released by the former The Beautiful South collaborators Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott, which was released on 19 May 2014 through Virgin EMI Records.[2][3]

It has charted at number three in the UK Albums Chart, just behind Michael Jackson's posthumous album Xscape and Coldplay's Ghost Stories at number one. The album was certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry on 30 October 2015 for sales over 100,000 copies.[4]

The album's first single "D.I.Y" it reached number 75 on the UK Singles Chart, and was added to BBC Radio 2's playlist in April 2014.

The cover painting is by David Storey, the artist responsible for many of the Housemartins covers.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Paul Heaton & Jonny Lexus, except * Heaton.

No. Title Length
1. "Moulding of a Fool" 3:39
2. "D.I.Y.*" 2:21
3. "Some Dancing to Do" 4:13
4. "One Man's England" 4:12
5. "What Have We Become*" 4:31
6. "The Snowman" 3:50
7. "Costa del Sombre" 3:15
8. "The Right in Me" 3:18
9. "When It Was Ours*" 4:12
10. "I Am Not a Muse" 4:48
11. "Stupid Tears" 2:17
12. "When I Get Back to Blighty" 4:52
13. "If He Don't (Deluxe Edition bonus track)" 3:47
14. "My Own Mother's Son (Deluxe Edition bonus track)" 3:19
15. "Advice To Daughters (Deluxe Edition bonus track)" 6:37
16. "You're Gonna Miss Me (Deluxe Edition bonus track)" 3:49
17. "Loving Arms (Deluxe Edition bonus track, reissue)" 3:40
18. "Real Hope (Deluxe Edition bonus track, reissue)" 3:05
19. "The Snowman (Brass Version) (Deluxe Edition bonus track, reissue)" 3:49



  1. ^ "What Have We Become? Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-05-26. 
  2. ^ Nick Hasted (2014-04-25). "Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott: The rebirth of a beautiful friendship - Features - Music". The Independent. Retrieved 2014-08-10. 
  3. ^ a b David Jeffries (2014-05-12). "What Have We Become? - Jacqui Abbott,Paul Heaton | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2014-08-10. 
  4. ^ "[1]". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved on 24 March 2016. Note: User needs to enter "Paul Heaton" in the "Search" field, "Artist" in the "Search by" field and click the "Go" button. Select "More info" next to the relevant entry to see full certification history.