UB40 – Labour of Love II

Published on 29 June 2019 by

      UB40 – Labour of Love II is the ninth album and second covers album by UB40, released in 1989. The album contained two Top Ten Billboard Hot 100 hits – “Here I Am (Come and Take Me)” peaked at #7, “The Way You Do the Things You Do” peaked at #6 – and “Kingston Town” reached #4 on the UK singles chart.

      David Jeffries: ‘A second swing at the all-cover version formula, Labour of Love II doesn’t even come close to the lively original. It’s encouraging to see a more interesting set of selections and it would lead one to think that the album isn’t a contrived cash-in. Too bad the band falls prey to the same antiseptic digital production that was marginalizing much of the dancehall scene. UB40 – Labour of Love II downplays the band’s driving horn section in favor of sterile keyboards and electronic percussion replaces acoustic. Covers of R&B chestnuts “Here I Am (Come and Take Me)” and “The Way You Do the Things You Do” are enjoyable enough, but the band has a harder time adding much to the reggae-sourced numbers. Only the Heptones’ wonderful “Baby” gets a decent workout, with the rest only serving as reminders of how well the originals were written. It would take the band four years to return to the studio, perhaps an indication of the fatigue and doldrums affecting this album. –by David Jeffries


UB40 – Labour of Love II Tracklist

  1.  00:00 “Here I Am (Come and Take Me)”
  2.  04:16 “Tears from My Eyes”
  3.  08:00 “Groovin'”
  4.  11:44 “The Way You Do the Things You Do”
  5.  14:42 “Wear You to the Ball”
  6.  18:14 “Singer Man”
  7.  22:03 “Kingston Town”
  8.  25:48 “Baby”
  9.  29:04 “Wedding Day”
  10.  32:15 “Sweet Cherrie”
  11.  35:26 “Stick By Me”
  12.  39:05 “Just Another Girl”
  13.  42:32 “Homely Girl”
  14.  45:50 “Impossible Love” 

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