You know Christmas is on the way when bands start dusting down their back catalogue and repackaging it in a greatest hits format. Manchester's most famous redhead has gone down this route, and just ahead of the forthcoming album 're-recordings' of many his best-known hits, comes this brand new song.
Perfect Love sees Mick Hucknall embrace Latin beats and Cuban rhythms - it's got a catchy chorus and Hucknall is in fine voice as ever. Yet the song itself is poor, coming over as a Ricky Martin out-take, and the blaring brass section that breaks out every few seconds proves immensely irritating long before the song's end.
Hucknall gets a fair amount of stick, but he knows how to write a classic tune, such as Fairground, Holding Back The Years or Money's Too Tight To Mention. This is most definitely not one of them, and is likely to be overshadowed by the older material on the forthcoming Simplified album.