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
You can purchase from here
You can listen to it on Spotify here
- ► 2017 (94)
- ► 2016 (249)
- ► 2015 (267)
- ► 2014 (309)
- Days of rest - part 4....I think.....
- Dexys - One Day I'm Going To Soar
- Circus of Power - Vices
- Rage Against The Machine - Evil Empire
- Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machin...
- Ed Sheeran - +
- VCMG - SSSS
- J Mascis - Several Shades of Why
- London Electricity - Billion Dollar Gravy
- The Levellers - Zeitgeist
- White Zombie - Astro-Creep: 2000 Songs of Love, De...
- Machine Head - Supercharger
- Rush - Snakes & Arrows
- Joy Division - Closer
- Gotye - Making Mirrors
- Jeff Wayne - The War of The Worlds
- The Joy Formidable - Wolf's Law
- New Model Army - Thunder & Consolation
- Hot Snakes - Automatic Midnight
- Pig - Geniune American Monster
- Mansun - 6
- Silver Ginger 5 - Black Leather Mojo
- Biffy Clyro - The Vertigo of Bliss
- Approaching treble figures......
- Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds - Henry's Dream
- Two Lone Swordsmen - From The Double Gone Chapel
- Kiss - Hotter Than Hell
- Steve Harris - British Lion
- R.E.M. - Monster
- Sugar - Copper Blue
- Fear Factory - Demanufacture
- Everything Everything - Man Alive
- Band of Skulls - Baby Darling Doll Face Honey
- Bad Brains - Into The Future
- Mother Firefly - Silence Sez It All EP
- R.E.M. - Accelerate
- The Slackers - Self Medication
- Robert Logan - Inscape
- Morthem Vlade Art - Organic But Not Mental
- Dead Kennedys - Fresh Fruit For Rotten Vegetables
- Public Image Limited - The Is PiL
- Edgard Varèse - Experimental Essentials
- Therapy? - One Cure Fits All
- Black Moth - The Killing Jar
- We Are Knuckle Dragger - Tit For Tat
- Far - At Night We Live
- Wam Bam, Thank You Ma'am!!! - Bowie through the ag...
- Elbow - The Seldom Seen Kid
- Ginger - Mutation:Error 500
- Ryan Adams - Love Is Hell
- Raging Speedhorn - Raging Speedhorn
- Delicate Steve - Positive Force
- Frank Ocean - Channel Orange
- White Rose Movement - Kick
- Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band - Safe As Milk
- Ginger - Mutation:The Frankenstein Effect
- Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Audio Orchestra - ...
- Ben Folds Five - The Sound of The Life of The Mind...
- Metallica - ...And Justice For All
- Nekromantik - Fairy Catcher
- ▼ January (60)
Has it really been that long ago since I started this blog? The first post (cleverly linked here) was posted on the 2nd December (o...
Seems like an apt image for the year (the other was the Grim Reaper laughing), 2016 has been a bit of a shit year in some ways and in oth...
As regular visitors for this page will know, the best percentage of the team enjoy the songs of Ginger Wildheart; the man has made som...
Right, Album Of The Year time then. It's something I pour far too much energy into and have been carefully adjusting my list all year ...
This is a review of the first Country/Folk album from Ginger Wildheart, this album has been released via Pledgemusic once again and is...
Link 1: Blabbermouth announcing the release of Metal Resistance. Link 2: Metal Injection discussing the release of Metal Resistance ...
Until two months ago, I had never heard of the Sleaford Mods. Like ships in the night, they had passed me by as I watch/listened to othe...
If it was not for the legend that is Luke Dunmore, I would not have ever heard of The Darkest of the Hillside Thickets! My ex-partner i...
Life of Agony can never be accused of taking the easy route, that is something that can be said for them. It could be the fact that the...
Sometimes albums come out of nowhere and for me this was one I was not expecting at all. Future Of The Left are a post hardcore band f...