The Water­boys

Out Of All This Blue

Mojo (UK) - - News - Mark Blake

BMG. CD/DL/LP Head boy Mike Scott’s old­school dou­ble al­bum of tes­ti­fy­ing blues’n’soul.

One word sums up Out Of All This Blue: “ex­pan­sive”. The Water­boys’ 12th stu­dio re­lease con­tains 23 songs, while the deluxe triple-CD/ vinyl edi­tion in­cludes a fur­ther 11, mostly alternative takes and mixes. Mike Scott’s pas­sion for mu­sic spills out of al­most ev­ery note, po­etic cou­plet and soar­ing hook. Like its 2012 pre­de­ces­sor Mod­ern Blues, the blue-eyed soul in­flu­ence is strong. But for ev­ery fine song such as Do We Choose Who We Love, Sante Fe and Girl In A Kayak, there are two or three that miss the mark. For all its good in­ten­tions, Nashville, Ten­nessee, Scott’s spir­ited salute to Mu­sic City, is as per­func­tory as its ti­tle, while Hiphop-stru­men­tal (Scat­man) amounts to lit­tle more than a stu­dio doo­dle. Mike Scott still has some­thing worth­while to say, but on Out Of All This Blue you wish there was a lit­tle less of it.

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