This is the first Deacon Blue album in over a decade and it’s about as good as you could ever expect – reminding of the band at its peak, reminiscent – instantly – of Deacon Blue and of mid-period Beautiful South (say, Blue Is The Colour through Painting It Red).
Turn has the soaring chorus of a Robbie Williams song – but in all the right ways and opener, Here I Am In London Town, is reminiscent of the way David Coverdale sung those softly-whispered verses in Here I Go Again, before he belted out that chorus. There’s no big belting part here – and in fact there’s nothing here that would even challenge their fellow countrymen and women Texas in the racy stacks. But like that band it’s hard-to-fault, pleasant-to-kick-back-with pop music.
I didn’t expect to be writing about a Deacon Blue album in 2013, much less enjoying one.
But, there you go.