THESE Album REVIEWS ARE FAVOURITES FROM MY OWN VAST AND VARIED ECLECTIC COLLECTION! I AM A FAN OF THESE ARTISTS SO MY OPINIONS MAY NOT BE ON A PAR WITH YOUR OWN BUT PLEASE ENJOY AND MAYBE THERE ARE SOME ALBUMS YOU MAY LIKE TO SAMPLE FOR YOURSELF OUT OF CURIOSITY :)
"WHEN THE WORLD KNOWS YOUR NAME"
Deacon Blue, along with fellow Scottish bands Texas, Del Amitri and The Proclaimers gave me hope for a better future in music after the dismal end of the 80s with Acid House, Stock Aitken & Waterman, boy bands and dreadful rappers. They had a refreshingly soulful Blues/ Folk/Pop vibe and the band were awesome live. Energetic performances on stage with the the lovely Lorraine McIntosh harmonising brilliantly with Ricky Ross with his gruff Rock/Soul voice. I was introduced to the band by a friend of mine Stuart, after I introduced him to Prince, it was a fruitful friendship. We saw the band a few times at Royal Court in Liverpool and the closeness to the stage and pure sound coming from the musicians was fantastic. After the debut album, "Raintown" pricked up people's ears containing the superb single "Dignity" the band entered the chart elite during the 90s.
This album was released in 1989 and reached number 1 in the UK chart, it contained 5 singles, although by the time the latter two were released everybody had the album! It went double platinum and the more accomplished production and "live" sound encapsulates the band's gigs. The first single, "Real Gone Kid" gave the band their first top 10 single peaking at 8. The song has a real Soul feel, which dives into a pulsating chorus and hit the senses as something memorable. In similar vein to the first single, "Wages Day" was released and reached number 18 and even reached number 12 on the New Zealand chart! This song had a more uptempo beat all the way through the song and and would get your foot tapping and head bobbing! The third single was "Fergus Sings The Blues", as with the previous releases, ironically the title suggest Blues, but this a brilliant Motown Soul record mixed with some great Rock riffs, as with all Deacon Blue singles the melodies, the hooks are all here. The track was anaother top 20 hit reaching 18. "Love And Regret", the next release was a much slower track than the previous three singles, the music reminding me a little of Heart, it is essentially a Rock ballad, soft vocals from Ricky and soft harmonies from Lorraine make this a really lovely song. As aforementioned, by this time most people had the album so this only reached number 28. The last single to be plucked from the album reached 21 on the chart, the fast tempo Celtic Folk sound, starting with the drums in marching band mode and just building and building to this massive crescendo of a chorus. A real foot stomper!
"Circus Lights" has a great Rock twang and the chug-a-chug guitars are reminiscent of U2 and fellow Scottish rockers Simple Minds. Great track.
"This Changing Light" is another change in style, reminds me a little of The Jam and is a real Pop Rock track. Proving that the Band were no one trick ponies.
"Sad Loved Girl" is a short but beautiful piano led ballad with Ricky almost crooning his way through the track, really nice.
"The World Is Lit By Lightning" always reminds me of INXS "Need You Tonight" in style. The Pop/Funk/Rock mix suits Ricky's voice perfectly. Love this track.
"Silhouette" is a kind of mishmash of Country, Folk and Pop. Great little song that has a quirky, delightful feel with some "woo hoo" shouts in for good measure. Mid tempo track but a feel good song.
"One Hundred Things" is a more experimental track with echoed and electronig counding effects. Almost Synth Pop of the early 80s, something like Nik Kershaw would release This is no bad thing as I am a big fan of Nik, that crossover of Electronica and Pop is brilliant.#
"Your Constant Heart" is another track similar in vein to U2 and Simple Minds. A soft Pop Rock track that runs along nicely but still has a powerful feel.
"Orphans" is an eerie end to such a positive and powerful album, an almost mythical and medieval type song, minimal backing and echo effects like it was sung in a hollow cave or cathedral.
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