Dexys - One Day I’m Going To Soar (5 stars)

Dexys - One Day I’m Going To Soar

Full of wit, panache, brutal self-examination and abundant tunefulness

The title alone gives you a tingling feeling that something glorious and redemptive lies within: and so it proves on Dexys’ – formerly Dexys Midnight Runners – first new album in 27 years.

Following the young soul rebels’ disastrous plunge in fortunes after 1985’s Don’t Stand Me Down, Kevin Rowland has overcome drug addiction and homelessness. This is a rare example of a band re-forming for catharsis before egotism or gain.

Full of wit, panache, brutal self-examination, abundant tunefulness and attitude to burn (‘take your Irish stereotype and shove it up your arse!’ spits Rowland on ‘Nowhere is Home’, in case anyone’s wondering where to stick their too-rye-ay), there’s practically enough passion and joy in these 11 songs to make up for that which most bands among the reunion rush depressingly lack.

Kevin Rowland Dexys Midnight Runners Interview BBC Culture Show 2012

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