From a certain angle, Texas could be seen as proto-Amy Winehouse. In 1997, a full seven years before Winehouse's debut Frank, Texas reinvented themselves as a blue-eyed soul group via their fourth album, White on Blonde. Buoyed by the hits "Say What You Want" and "Black Eyed Boy" -- the former sultry, the latter bouncing along like Motown -- the album was a smash throughout Europe, arguably opening the door for Winehouse and later Adele to walk through, but Texas never saw the same level of prominence, particularly in the U.S.
Maybe that's why they've decided to celebrate their quarter-century anniversary by reworking a substantial chunk of their catalog with the Truth & Soul collective, who supported both Amy and Adele on various recordings. Texas 25 has eight of those reworked hits, every one now emphasizing the group's retro-soul leanings, plus four brand-new songs that suit this style. Occasionally, the group sounds a little bit older and wiser -- vocalist Sharleen Spiteri is slightly huskier than she was when the songs were first essayed -- which is an attitude that fits nicely with the stylish groove of Truth & Soul. It's a subtle difference -- there's not a world of difference between the original and remake of "Say What You Want" -- but it's enough to make Texas 25 seem like a celebration, and one that long-term fans will likely enjoy.
|Start a Family / Jack McElhone / Johnny McElhone / Karen Overton / Sharleen Spiteri||Texas||3:32|
|Black Eyed Boy [Truth & Soul Mix] / Edward Campbell / Robert Hodges / Richard Hynd / Johnny McElhone / Sharleen Spiteri||Texas||3:19|
|Say What You Want [Truth & Soul Mix] / Johnny McElhone / Sharleen Spiteri||Texas||4:27|
|Supafly Boy / Jack McElhone / Johnny McElhone / Karen Overton / Sharleen Spiteri||Texas||3:11|
|Halo [Truth & Soul Mix] / Johnny McElhone / Sharleen Spiteri||Texas||3:48|
|Inner Smile [Truth & Soul Mix] / Gregg Alexander / Johnny McElhone / Rick Nowles / Sharleen Spiteri||Texas||3:46|
|The Conversation [Truth & Soul Mix] / Amanda Ghost / Johnny McElhone / Karen Overton / Sharleen Spiteri||Texas||3:07|
|Say Goodbye / Johnny McElhone / Karen Overton / Sharleen Spiteri||Texas||3:55|
|When We Are Together [Truth & Soul Mix] / Johnny McElhone / Sharleen Spiteri||Texas||3:22|
|Are You Ready / Johnny McElhone / Sharleen Spiteri||Texas||3:21|
|I Don't Want a Lover [Truth & Soul Mix] / Johnny McElhone / Sharleen Spiteri||Texas||4:18|
|Summer Son [Truth & Soul Mix] / Edward Campbell / Robert Hodges / Johnny McElhone / Sharleen Spiteri||Texas||3:54|