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Birth: Gotten Bold

Paul Lester, Uncut, January 2000

ONE OF the extra songs on Birth's debut EP Sweet Idol, is a cover version of perennial summer radio hit 'Groovin' by The Young Rascals, an American group from the late Sixties widely regarded as the forefathers of "blue-eyed soul". It's atypical of Birth's output, all sweetness and light, although there is grit in Birth's honeyed tones – but it's the shadowy menace of the EP's closing track 'Omen' that shows where he's really at.

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