Whether it’s the slight haughtiness in her voice or the sediment of my teenage Morrissey crush I’m not sure, but I’m casting around for reasons to like Sandie Shaw and this awkwardly jolly little song isn’t offering many. The arrangers do their best to pep things up, crossing modish “It’s Not Unusual” hornwork with the mildest of calypso feel, but neither ingredient seems to make Sandie any more comfortable – in fact the calypso just adds to her stiffness. Only her expressive “mmmm-hmm” placeholders do anything to dispel the sense of a duty being reluctantly done.

Score: 4

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