Source: Q Magazine
Author: Jane Mountain
Date: July 1998.
British folk-pop songstress, still overshadowed by her 1988 debut, Ancient Heart.
A return from her three-year sabbatical spent dabbling in acting, art and travel, this sixth album attempts to create an atmosphere lifted directly from a dark, smoky cafe on some European side-street. Her songs are filled with mellow Latin American rhythms, lush strings and throaty vocals of the Stevie Nicks and Annie Lennox variety. Despite a moody retake of Abba's The Day Before You Came and the cheery Europop of If I Ever, the album sometimes slips into dullness and can't quite always evoke an emotional response. As it's title suggests, The Cappuccino Songs is a perfect ambient setter for quiet cafés; something to be played in the background but never really heard.
The accompanying picture (the Stop Listening CD2 cover) has the caption: Tanita Tikaram : the writ from Sharleen Spiteri's stylist is on its way...