- Audio CD (24 Sept. 2012)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: EDSEL
- ASIN: B008J4TH2G
- Other Editions: Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,256 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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The Hipsters, the first studio album for eleven years by multi-platinum selling band Deacon Blue marks the bands 25th Anniversary since their debut album Raintown was released.
Deacon Blue were never hipsters but with six million album sales, 12 UK Top 40 singles and two No.1 albums to their credit, they have been very successful and have always been adored by their fans. Their inspirational brand of soulful Scottish pop remains an enduring tonic for the troops. Even Wayne Rooney tweeted his Spotify playlist before England's vital group match against Ukraine in Euro 2012, with "Real Gone Kid", being his No.1 song.
But hip? Cool? One of the bands that you d find hanging out with the fashionistas? That was never Deacon Blue. So, The Hipsters is a decidedly ironic title for the group's first studio album since Homesick in 2001. For beneath that faintly sardonic veneer is a collection of finely-tuned songs which finds Ricky Ross reflecting on the long-distance life and times of his group with a deep, thoughtful passion. Eg White (Adele, Will Young, Duffy, James Morrison, Joss Stone) contributes on "Turn".
Top Customer Reviews
From the moment i heard Loaded all those years ago Deacon Blues albums have been in my collection. In the late eighties/early nineties Ricky Ross and the gang released the fantastic Raintown, When the World Knows your Name, Fellow Hoodlums and the ok Whatever you say say nothing. 11 years ago they released their last album Homesick which although containing some decent tracks, that Deacon Blue magic wasnt quite there.
So what would an album after all this time have to offer. I have been looking forward to the release for ages with some fear that The Hipsters would be a bit of a disappointment.
Far from it, this album has ignited my love of Deacon Blue, so much so that i am looking forward to the release of the re-packaged previous albums containing all the bonus material.
A quick run through
Here I Am In London Town - A gentle soulful start to the album (just as born in a storm was to Raintown) with Rickies voice over a piano
The Hipsters - First single release from the album, great catchy track - Shining, Falling, Glistening, Diving
Stars - Ricky and the beautiful Lorraine doing what they do best
Turn - potential single.
The Rest - rousing chorus, deacon blue from any era
The Outsiders - A standout track - one to sing a long to at concerts
Thats What We Can Do - 'We trust, We change, We move, From one place to another, cause thats what we can do, We talk, Forgive, We give - everything that love allows cause thats what we can do.Read more ›
It's like finding a friend who you knew really well and lost touch with - this album will remind you how much you liked Deacon Blue
Despite having nothing more to prove, Deacon Blue have delivered a long-awaited collection of superbly-crafted songs that are not only their most melodic yet, but a tour de force from a band quite simply at the top of their game. If you are a life-long fan like myself, this will come as no surprise, but if this is your first listen to their music, please take the time to delve into their back-catalogue on these Amazon pages and you will find pure nuggets of gold. If you have to call this a come-back album, so be it, but in my mind they have never been far away, and how many so called come-back albums by other artists could you rate as being their best-ever?
What makes this different is the undeniable realisation that there are no lacklustre tracks here, that each one is worthy of a single-release in its own right. For first-time listeners to the band, this could quite easily be mistaken for a greatest-hits album, the tracks being that good. There is a sophisticated simplicity in Ricky's lyrics; his voice has never sounded so good; Lorraine's harmonies never better; but its those melodies, those gorgeous hooks, that makes this album shine like a diamond amidst a host of other top-notch artists currently dominating the business.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Disapointed by this material. Nothing like as good as Raintown.Published 11 days ago by malcolm jackson
Deacon blue are on of my favourite bands of all time....cracking album....would recommend it.....truely magical...I must have played it over 100 times.. Read morePublished 28 days ago by covkev
Saw Deacon Blue in concert and bought this afterwards. Really good album especially "Here I am in London Town". Proof the band are still as good as ever.Published 10 months ago by peter stone
Oh, I've missed this band! Great new songs and the usual high standards of production. If you like them, you'll like it.Published 14 months ago by johnnyh
Hipsters is a very good album - not their best but easy to lidten to, would recommend it to all fansPublished 14 months ago by dixie
Excellent album. I already had it on CD. Just wanted the vinyl copy. Happy to see it was a lovely opaque yellow. Plays brilliantly.Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer