Review: Texas, City Hall

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It’s 25 years since Texas’ debut - and now they’re back with a new album, The Conversation, and something of a new sound, in part courtesy of Sheffield’s own Richard Hawley.

Some of the album was recorded at Hawley’s studio in Sheffield - a city where lead singer Sharleen Spiteri revealed the band has spent some ‘great times’ - and the seven tracks to which he lent his expert touch have a distinctly recognisable 1950s Hawley feel.

But it was the band’s greatest hits which got an almost sell-out Sheffield City Hall crowd up on their feet and kept them there on Tuesday night. Best-loved tracks Halo, I Don’t Want A Lover, Black Eyed Boy, Summer Son, When We Are Together, Inner Smile, In Demand and Say What You Want all received a welcome live airing with an older enthusiastic audience who clearly treasure White on Blonde, The Hush and Greatest Hits among their CD collections.

Hopefully they weren’t too off-put by Spiteri’s frequent expletives as - dressed in a trouser suit, white shirt and waistcoat - she, her guitar and her soulful voice commanded a stage framed by five giant screens spelling out the letters of the band’s name.