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  • Audio CD (24 Sept. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EDSEL
  • ASIN: B008J4TH2G
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
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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".

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I was always sort of a fan of Deacon Blue and know their hits from the 90s, but this album - for me - is easily the best thing they've done. Simple but very effective, great songs and heartfelt lyrics. It relaunched their career - and rightly so. For fans - a must. For new enquirers - get this and maybe their Greatest Hits.
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By mrs h on 16 Dec. 2012
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Another great album from a 'classic' band! I saw them in glasgow last week and loved the new album instantly. I highly recommend this album!
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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.
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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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By Big Jim TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Sept. 2012
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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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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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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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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.
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