Re Release
Walking Back Home Q Magazine December 1999


Multi-platinum Glaswegian Ricky Ross's greatest moments. With new songs thrown in.

His solo career having foundered almost before it began, Ricky Ross returns with Deacon Blue and an album of old ballads with three new songs, three previously unreleased and two hard-to-find tracks. The ballads tag means there's no room for Dignity, Real Gone Kid et al, but Chocolate Girl, When Will You MAke My Telephone Ring and Love & Regret are all included along with new cut Love Hurts (yes, the Boudleaux Bryant one - presumably hoping to repeat the success of I'll Never Fall In Love Again) and two originals, Jesus Do Your Hands Still Feel The Rain and Plastic Shoes, both of which demonstrate Ross's uncanny knack of knocking out melodies that stick. It doesn't look like much of a career plan any more, but it's nevertheless a welcome return.

Rob Beattie