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A very worthwhile comeback
on 23 May 2001
Cynics might claim that Deacon Blue have reformed to get some retirement cash. When listening to the title track, I at first got the same impression; it starts with a piano that could have been lifted from 'Let It Be' or 'Imagine', then rolls out into something less inspiring. It's not bad, it just lacks a little stimulus (perhaps because if being 'Homesick' affected the ears, it wouldn't sound like this!).
Don't be fooled, however, as this is a superb album, with enough hook-lines and subtleties to keep you singing (and listening) for a long time. 'Every Time You Sleep' is as good a love song as I have ever heard, and tunes such as 'Out There', 'Now That You're Here' and 'A is for Astronaut' are infuriatingly catchy. DB already have an extensive repertoire of classy pop music, but this album seems to hang together even better than anything they have done before - and that's no mean praise.
Watching these guys live in Manchester last weekend showed their class, and it's only a matter of time before this album is received as well by audiences as the old favourites such as 'Dignity' or 'Twist and Shout'. A very worthwhile contribution to Scotland's finest musical canon - give this disc a couple of spins and it won't be out of your CD player for a while, trust me.