CLASSIC ALBUM REVIEW - TEXAS - "SOUTHSIDE"
This album was the debut from the band and reached a very creditable position of number 3 in the UK chart. For a debut offering it was a fabulous start. The lead single, the aforementioned "I Don't Want A Lover" reached top ten peaking at 8. Texas had arrived. The second single, "Thrill Has Gone" was supposed to carry on where the debut single left off, but it only reached number 60. Slightly more Country Rock than "..Lover" and a more minimal backing, a great song but maybe the slower tempo didn't attract listeners to it. "Everyday Now" was the third single reaching number 44 and remains one of my alltime favourite songs. Sharleen's vocals get front and central and it is a beautiful lilting Blues/Soul ballad. An absolute cracker of a song full of emotion. The final single to be released from this album was "Prayer For You", a chugging guitar driven track, harmonised vocals, positive vibes and an anthemic Acoustic Rock ballad. Great guitar sounds. This one only reached 73, I guess Texas were a little too musically talented for some people's tastes in the late 80s!!