November 23, 2004
BMG International

Album Review

By the end of the '80s, Jimmy Somerville's records with Bronski Beat and the Communards sounded unpleasantly dated and of their time. By 2004, when a new generation of bands were taking Bronski Beat's take on skeletal dance-pop as one of their primary influences, Somerville's Home Again sounds both entirely in keeping with his earlier work and utterly contemporary. Songs like "Under a Lover's Sky" and the lovely ballad title track wouldn't sound out of place on a circa-1984 dancefloor musically, but Somerville's voice is a richer and more complex instrument decades on. He's still capable of one of the most spine-tingling falsettos in pop music history, but Somerville uses his lower register more here, most effectively on the Hi-NRG dance track "C'Mon" and a startling cover of Depeche Mode's "But Not Tonight." Both a sterling comeback album for his '80s fans and a quality introduction for newcomers, Home Again could be Somerville's best record since Bronski Beat's still powerful 1984 debut, The Age of Consent.
Stewart Mason, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Could It Be Love
  2. Under a Lover's Sky
  3. Come On
  4. It Still Hurts
  5. It's So Good
  6. Burn
  7. Ain't No Mountain High Enough
  8. I Will Always Be Around
  9. But Not Tonight
  10. Amnesia
  11. Home Again
  12. What's Your Game
  13. Selfish Days
  14. Stay