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TOP 100 REVIEWERon 24 September 2012
From the opening, plaintive "Here I am in London Town" the record settles nicely into a couple of poppy toe-tappers very like "Old" deacon Blue. It is perhaps only now that you appreciate the influence bands like DB have had as I detect everything from Mumford and Sons to Biffy Clyro in the stylistic and lyrical flourishes here. As well as the tracks mentioned above standout tracks include "Turn" which has a nagging insistence as it builds to a climax before easing itself out, the Springsteenesque "That's what we can do" and the chiming "Laura from memory". Lyrically there appears to be an acceptance for where Ricky Ross and co stand in the firmament, not angry or disappointed but comfortable in their world of great melodies and stories that will strike a chord with us all. It's not an unmitigated success however, "She'll understand" doesn't work for me, but other than that this is a brilliant album, a true return to form.
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on 2 October 2012
25 years on from Raintown, Deacon Blue still know how to bash out a good old tune.

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.' - beautiful song, well written

She'll Understand- pace slows down a bit on this one but another chorus you will be singing along too with Ricky and Lorraine in tandem

Laura From Memory - Another classy song with the emotional Ross singing his heart out over instruments you could listen to all day.

It Will End In Tears - One of those great deacon blue songs that fill out an album, not a classic but reliable db.

Is There No Way Back To You - Bit of a disappointing end to the album, but could be a grower in time

So -Whats my verdict? - The Hipsters, the album will not race to number 1 in the album chart. The Hipsters and other potential singles will not outsell one direction or coldplay. You wont switch radio 1 on in the morning and hear any of these songs and Deacon Blue will not get any mentions at next years Brit awards.

Do i care? - No - If One Direction are still around in ten years let alone 25 years i will be amazed. You kinda know what you get with DB - GREAT MUSIC, GREAT LYRICS, MUSIC THAT LASTS IN THE MEMORY, SOUL, HAPPINESS AND TEARS.

If The Hipsters can satisfy diehard fans like myself and attract a new audience who appreciate their talents then mission accomplished. I will give it 5 stars and hope it will not be another 11 years until we hear more new material from one of Scotlands treasures.
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on 2 October 2012
I remember that Smash Hits once described Deacon Blue as 'the band your sensible older brother listens to'. I was therefore intrigued by the (I assumed) ironic title of 'The Hipsters' and decided to give the album a listen. Given how long Deacon Blue have been out of the limelight I was surprised at how fresh and commercial this album sounds. The title song 'The Hipsters' is A-list Radio 2 territory with lush sting production and a wistful hook in the chorus. 'Turn' is also a radio hit, echoing the style of many contemporary bands...or do many contemporary bands echo the style of Deacon Blue? Ricky Ross's pipes are still in fine fettle, evoking memories of when you first discovered the band. My only criticism would be that the record is too smooth. I understand that Ricky Ross is now a songwriter for hire and I feel it shows itself in the record - the chord changes and progression of the songs are a little too predictable. If it wasn't for Ricky Ross's stand-out vocals then the songs would be somewhat anodyne. Some grit is missing. I'm also disappointed that Lorraine has (again) been given no lead vocals whatsoever. Come on Lorraine! It's about time you stood up for yourself!
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on 22 February 2013
For me, the Hipsters, an ironic title for a band that has been out of the commercial limelight for such a long time, is Deacon Blue's best album for 20 years. Stand out tracks like Stars, Turn, That's What We Can Do and Laura From Memory are as uplifting as anything the band have done since Dignity and Real Gone Kid. The quieter moments have an emotional depth and the playing is wonderful throughout, in fact the interplay of Ricky Ross and Lorraine McIntosh's vocals sounds better than ever. Overall, it's more complete than some of their more recent records. Like all the best albums, it seems to improve with every listen, so I can't wait to hear them live later this year. If you've ever liked Deacon Blue I'd say you'll find much to love in this album.
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on 11 February 2013
Some great tracks on this album with great hooks - you'll be surprised how quickly you will be signing along with some new classics.

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
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on 12 April 2013
For someone who does not like writing reviews, i knew this had to be an exception. What we have here is a band that have honed all their skills and talent in musicianship and writing to bring us what i consider to be their finest album to date. For anyone accustomed to their unique and distinctive style of music, this album not only raises the bar but also rubber-stamps their position as Scotland's finest band for over two decades.

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. Ricky and Lorraine sing heart-melting duets here unlike anything they have done since "Love's Great Fears" and if i have to pick a favourite track, "Turn" can easily stand alongside "Dignity" and "Chocolate Girl" as being an instant classic. So congratulations, Ricky and the band, you have accomplished something very rare in this business by gifting to the world an unpretentious, beautiful piece of work that will have your loyal fans in raptures for many years to come and have new listeners spending their hard-earned cash on downloading your complete back-catalogue and coming to appreciate just what a superb band you were, you are, and i'm certain, will continue to be.
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on 30 September 2012
Excellent album. Gets better with each listen. Well worth buying. Great mix of songs, some reflective and some upbeat tunes. All demonstrate song writing, singing and playing talent of Deacon Blue.
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on 28 September 2012
This is a great return to form, echoes of "Raintown" throughout the album. It's an easy listen and the title track is such a catchy tune.
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on 10 January 2013
Trés bon album. Les années passent et le résultat est toujours aussi agréable.
Ricky Ross, j'aimerais vous revoir avec votre band en France !
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on 27 October 2012
It has to be said that I am a Deacon Blue fan and have been from the moment they first appeared in the public arena, in fact I saw them and enjoyed them before they became as well known as they did. So any review of mine will be tinged with some bias and a great deal of sentiment. Having said that there have been musicians I have admired and loved, but will still have been critical about, if I did not enjoy the music or the style into which they have directed themselves.
So after that ramble and justification my words can now be limited:if you enjoy Deacon Blue music and any of their past great songs then this is a true gem of their talent. The song writing, the arrangements, the production, the performance and the whole album is just wonderful. There are different songs from the lively to the soulful and all are superb. Some songs may take a while to grow and some may be instantly likeable, so all the more the reason to keep playing it!

Whilst Deacon Blue are part of my musical history, with many of their songs in my all time favourites, this album is already part of my established collection of classics.
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