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Billy Mackenzie: Outernational (Circa CIR 22)

Martin Aston, Q, September 1992

THE ONE asset Billy MacKenzie hasn't lost sight of in his wayward career is that delicious voice — a sweeter impression of the quasi-operatic croon associated with Scott Walker and David Bowie. What he hasn't grasped is consistency — label hassles, gaps between records and rare live shows have bludgeoned him into conforming inside greater commercial guidelines than his gifts deserve.

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