Album Details

RELEASE
June 16, 1998
LABEL
Hux Records
GENRES
Pop/Rock, Contemporary Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, College Rock, Adult Alternative Pop/Rock

Album Review

What Do Pretty Girls Do? is a collection of four performances Kirsty MacColl did for BBC radio from 1989 to 1995 -- 15 tracks in all. Aside from the obvious album tracks from each period (this was for promotion afterall), MacColl pulls out some old favorites from the early days -- a country take on "There's a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop (Swears He's Elvis)," "A New England" (a duet with the song's writer, Billy Bragg), and "He's on the Beach" -- as well as a couple of well-chosen covers like "Walk Right Back" and the charming "Darling, Let's Have Another Baby" (also a duet with Billy Bragg). BBC sets are always fun for fans, but for an artist like MacColl, who has always shyed away from live performance and whose albums have always been so meticulously produced, with multi-layered vocals and carefully conceived arrangements, this one is particularly revealing. She sounds relaxed -- there's no doubt that she's genuinely having a good time -- and, the sheer quality of the songs (and her voice) is made even more apparent in this straightforward, no-frills setting.
Chris Woodstra, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Don't Come the Cowboy with Me Sonny Jim
  2. What Do Pretty Girls Do?
  3. Don't Run Away from Me Now
  4. Still Life
  5. There's a Guy Works Down the Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis
  6. Walk Right Back
  7. Darling, Let's Have Another Baby
  8. A New England
  9. My Affair
  10. Bad
  11. Can't Stop Killing You
  12. Caroline
  13. Free World
  14. He's on the Beach
  15. A New England