Out Of The Blue
Daily Record 26th February 1994

WHEN Scots rock singer Ricky Ross invited me round for tea and biscuits this week, he wasnt just being sociable. For, behind closed doors at his Glasgow home, he gave me a sneak preview of Deacon Blues new material. And after listening to half a dozen new tracks, Im pleased to report that the group have never sounded better. The new Deacon Blue single, I Was Right And You Were Wrong, is a classy, noisy, natural musical progression from the songs on their brilliant 1993 album, Whatever You Say, Say Nothing.

Deacon Blue will play Irvine Magnum Centre on April (21), Edinburgh Playhouse (22), Aberdeen Capitol (23), and Dundee Caird Hall on May (18). The tour will help launch Our Town, their first greatest hits album, which will be released on April 5. Judging from the wealth of great material Ricky played me, Deacon Blue won't have to worry where their next smash hit is coming from.

Best of the bunch was Beautiful Stranger ... a melodic country-style love song, laid over a rhythmic hip-hop track. I reckon it could be a huge cross-over hit, and become one of the most successful songs of Deacon Blues career. Ricky said: Ive still got loads of songs in the vaults, and Im writing all the time. We cant wait to go on tour, because well be able to play whatever we like ... from the hits, to songs nobody has ever heard. Billy Sloan