28 January 2013

Dexys - One Day I'm Going To Soar

This album was released in the wrong decade.  Plain and simple, it does not sound retro but it does sound as if it is out of time being released last year.  I don't not mean that in a negative way, it just feels like it should have been released in the 1960's or possibly earlier. The music is very conservative in it's performance but I will get to that in a minute.  This is the first album in 27 years from the band formally known as Dexys Midnight Runners - if you do not recognise that name, you will have heard of their biggest hit "Come On Eileen" which has been played in parties around the world and sung by every gran ever born (or so it seems).  This release comes after many failed attempts to get back together, and if people are expecting an album full of looking backwards at their career and trying to make it anew, then it is sort of their but not in the most obvious way.

Produced by Kevin Rowland, Mick Talbot & Pete Schwier the album has a vibe as if it was recorded in the room next door, but it sounds so smooth and slick.  There was some fantastic moments - the opening quartet of "Now", "Lost", "Me" & "She's Got a Wiggle" are as near to perfect I would have expected from Dexys. It seems that perfectionist Rowland had started to do it again. The middle duo of "I'm Always Gonna Love You" & "Incapable of Love" sort of lose their way a little, the duos with Madeleine Hyland just do not seem to work for me, even though the performances are very good.  The long list of musicians on this album go to show the lengths that Rowland and co will go to trying to make a piece of pop perfection.

Lyrically it is very retrospective, especially the final track "It's OK, Jon Joe" and the overall theme of the album looking back on the past and accepting the state of things is both beautiful and sad. It is not a happy album, it is very mournful but I am very surprised at how much it moved me. Apart from that middle section, it is a fantastic album which will hopefully be held up as a classic.

7 out of ten - This is good and well worth a check

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