Ooh Las Vegas
Q Magazine November 1990
Albums of rarities, B-sides and out- takes were once a privilege accorded only to those artists who survived long enough to become rock legends. Deacon Blue has joined the growing ranks (Diesel Park West have also done it recently) of those who compile their odds and ends after only a couple of " real " albums. Thankfully, quite a few of these 23 tracks stand comparison with the best of Deacon Blue's previous output, although several have the vaguely unfinished feel of demos that need more polish and are lyrically too pompous for comfort.
Ricky Ross attempts to compensate with a macho-but-vulnerable voice that helps the slightest of material to sound significant, but the cloyingly sentimental Let Your Hearts Be Troubled is too far gone for redemption. Still, on the most dynamic of the seven previously unreleased tracks here, Love You Say, that voice dramatically intensifies the song's inherent strengths. Deacon Blue, being genuinely prolific, can justify this kind of outlet for its tastier leftovers. * * * Johnny Black