Out Of All This Blue
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.