Deacon Blue had seen themselves move from being hyped as the great white hope, to stadium tours and big hit singles , through to becoming a marmite band and experience diminishing returns on their last 2 lps.
It wasnt much of a surpirse that when the roll of the dice of getting Steve Osborne in to produce the awfully titled Whatever you Say Say Nothing didnt halt the decline that the band called it a day.
Seemingly out of the blue there suddenly came an announcement of a new tour and lp. My hopes weren't that high as Ricky Ross's solo stuff up to that point had been a bit patchy. I bought a ticket though because I guessed it would in essence be a bit of greatest hits bash.
I definitley got more hopeful when the lp came out. I guess written and released with different expectations, Homesick is a great set of songs. Gone was , and as much as I love these lps, the trickery of Whatever You Say , the preachiness of Fellow Hoodlums and the bombast of When the World.
If anything the lp was a soulmate to Raintown.
I've posted the lead off track Rae which is the kind of mid paced song with a great hooky chorus that they do so well.
The concert was a reminder of how good they are live with the new songs merging seemlessly into the set with older favourites and the odd unusual cover. The last time I'd seen them it had all felt a tad staged whereas this time there was a real sense of enjoyment and spontineity in what the band played and Ricky Ross's between song banter
Rae - Deacon Blue
You can buy Homesick here and if you like Raintown but not heard this one then I'd recommend you give it a go it would have made a great follow up