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THE Water­boys’ lat­est al­bum, Out Of All This Blue, is a gem that will fea­ture on ‘The best of 2017’ lists at the end of the year.

“It’s two-thirds love and ro­mance, one-third sto­ries and ob­ser­va­tions,” singer and song­writer Mike Scott says of the dou­ble al­bum.

Fans will get the chance to hear songs from Scott’s lat­est mas­ter­piece per­formed live at the 3Arena on Thurs­day.

“Can you live with a man with­out be­com­ing his mother?” Scott asks on the al­bum.

“Do we chose who we love?” he ques­tions on a song of the same ti­tle.

There are other stand­out lines among the tracks, in­clud­ing: “The man is a mon­u­ment to him­self.”

Amer­i­can singer and song­writer Kinky Fried­man also gets a his­tory les­son from Scott in a deadly put-down. Bril­liant stuff. I can’t wait for Kinky’s come­back. The al­bum’s sound is ab­so­lutely in­tox­i­cat­ing with its heady mix of pop, clas­sic R&B, coun­try, soul and funk, un­der­pinned by mod­ern hip-hop pro­duc­tion and rhythms.

Formed in 1983, The Water­boys were top of the world in 1985 with their smash hit, ‘The Whole Of The Moon’.

Bob Dy­lan sang Mike Scott’s praises in Rolling Stone mag­a­zine, call­ing him “the new poet lau­re­ate of rock ’n’ roll”.

How­ever, Scott ran away from the big time in rock ’n’ roll and went for an acous­tic sound filled with jigs, folk, blues, gospel and coun­try mu­sic.

The Water­boys have been ever-chang­ing on their al­bums, from This Is The Sea to Fish­er­man’s Blues to An Ap­point­ment With Mr Yeats and Mod­ern Blues.

And Scott’s work has been in­flu­en­tial: El­lie Gould­ing had a top three hit with ‘How Long Will I Love You’, and the late leg­end, Prince, sang ‘The Whole Of The Moon’ live on stage.

“The songs just kept on com­ing,” Scott says of his lat­est al­bum.

On a roll: Mike Scott says the new songs just kept on com­ing

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