When the World Knows Your Name
Daily News 23rd July 1989
The title of this album reflects a little bit of wishful thinking, since this Scottish band with the album-rock sound is best known in the British Isles, where they’ve had a run of hit singles. The album also makes it easy to understand why they’re considered a singles band: They make music that sounds good on the radio, with lots of lyrical and instrumental hooks — “Wages Day and “Real Gone Kid,’ for instance.
But somehow over the years “singles band’ - has come to mean unsubstantial, which is not historically true in rock 'n' roll (Creedence was a “singles band”), and it’s not true for Deacon Blue, either. In fact, this record feeds the brain as well as the feet on tracks like “Love and Regret” and “One Hundred Things.” There’s also an intriguing series of “light” images permeating the record, tying together lines that individually may not seem striking. Its not Dylan, Bob or Thomas, and it won’t change the world — but it’s a good rock n roll record, off the radio as well as on. *** David Hinckley