Royal Court Liverpool
Record Mirror 9th April 1988
Deacon Blue

EVERY other group plays 'The Single' last because it's 'The Single'.Deacon Blue play 'Dignity' last because it fits.The song itself may be a rather heavy handed paable but there is some dignity in what Deacon Blue are doing.And thankfully, a little delight too.

They're moving  on from the rather tedious earnestness of last year's student union gigs.Pop group sized theatres, pop group loud audience.For a while you wonder why.Ricky Ross looks boney and artistic, Lorraine McIntosh looks sweet and strong, but neither they nor their colleagues prove it or anything else.The two voices sound good, the presentation seems slick.No sweat.Thats the problem.

For half a set this feels like background music. Tasteful,clean, pleasant, straightforward.There may (we assume) be hopes and dreams in the words, but where are they in the music? There are some distractions, some amusement.They play 'Chocolate Girl' and Ricky has props, a habitat bag and furry dice and a monologue on a New Man.There is some pop.The cross between Aztec Camera and Wet Wet Wet.

Then suddenly theres something else.'Loaded' finally transcends detachment as painful repetition turms a song into Eighties' blues and another repetition turns band and audience into one and 'community' becomes more than the usual community singing.There is joy in the audience, and Deacon Blue have finally touched something. Penny Kiley