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Out of All This Blue [Deluxe Edition]

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The Waterboys 9/8/2017

Review

If you're a longtime Waterboys fan who often wonders when Mike Scott is going to get funky -- well, your time has finally come. Stylistic shape-shifting has long been part of Scott's modus operandi, but with the Waterboys' ambitious 2017's double set Out of All This Blue, Scott and his collaborators have jumped headfirst into R&B and funk rhythms, with drum loops and hip-hop-influenced production dominating many of the tracks. This being a Waterboys album, there's an eclectic variety of sounds and genres here, including more familiar detours into Celtic, country, and folk-influenced tracks and a few numbers that focus on Japanese culture (part of the album was recorded in Tokyo). But the majority of the album finds Scott and company belatedly embracing dance rhythms, and he takes to the funk more comfortably than one might expect. When Scott sings about the rough-and-tumble side of life in New York City or his pursuit of his latest romantic obsession, his passion lines up perfectly with the snap of the backing tracks, and this album's take on hip-hop rhythms is thankfully organic and non-gimmicky. Out of All This Blue feels a bit overstuffed at 23 tracks spread over two discs, but precious little of it feels like filler, with even the weakest tracks adding to the overall flavor of the album. And Scott remains a great storyteller, whether he's telling a woman why he should be her boyfriend, debating Memphis vs. Nashville, enjoying a night in a dive bar, or telling off Keith Richards. (And Scott responding to an insult to Neville Chamberlain from Kinky Friedman might sound like some sort of joke, but "Kinky's History Lesson" turns out to be one of the strongest and most moving tracks on this album.) Overall, Out of All This Blue is a bold experiment that succeeds, and once again demonstrates the depth and breadth of Mike Scott's talent. ~ Mark Deming
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Do We Choose Who We Love The Waterboys 2:58
  3. 2 If I Was Your Boyfriend The Waterboys 4:10
  4. 3 Santa Fe The Waterboys 3:57
  5. 4 If the Answer Is Yeah The Waterboys 3:32
  6. 5 Love Walks In The Waterboys 6:23
  7. 6 New York I Love You The Waterboys 7:47
  8. 7 The Connemara Fox The Waterboys 5:29
  9. 8 The Girl in the Window Chair The Waterboys 2:56
  10. 9 Morning Came Too Soon The Waterboys 8:14
  11. 10 Hiphopstrumental 4 (Scatman) The Waterboys 2:27
  12. 11 The Hammerhead Bar The Waterboys 4:35
  13. 12 Mister Charisma The Waterboys 2:2
  14. 13 Nashville, Tennessee The Waterboys 6:0
  15. 14 Man, What a Woman The Waterboys 3:15
  16. 15 Girl in a Kayak The Waterboys 1:24
  17. 16 Monument The Waterboys 2:52
  18. 17 Kinky's History Lesson The Waterboys 5:18
  19. 18 Skyclad Lady The Waterboys 0:57
  20. 19 Rokudenashiko The Waterboys 3:5
  21. 20 Didn't We Walk on Water The Waterboys 5:51
  22. 21 The Elegant Companion The Waterboys 4:31
  23. 22 Yamaben The Waterboys 4:55
  24. 23 Payo Payo Chin The Waterboys 3:23
  25. 24 The Memphis Fox The Waterboys 4:9
  26. 25 If the Answer Is Yeah [Alternate Version] The Waterboys 3:26
  27. 26 If I Was Your Boyfriend [Zeenie Mix] The Waterboys 4:0
  28. 27 Epiphany on Mott Street The Waterboys 1:53
  29. 28 Didn't We Walk on Water [JessKav Mix] The Waterboys 5:31
  30. 29 Santa Fe [Instrumental] The Waterboys 3:56
  31. 30 Payo Payo Chin [Tokyo Hotel] The Waterboys 1:16
  32. 31 Return to Roppongi Hills The Waterboys 2:1
  33. 32 Nashville, Tennessee [Live] The Waterboys 5:37
  34. 33 Mister Charisma [Alternate Version] The Waterboys 3:29
  35. 34 So in Love With You The Waterboys 4:35

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