17 August 2023
KEVIN ROWLAND was born in Wednesfield, Wolverhampton, UK. Happy 70 to the magnificent voice/songsmith of Dexys Midnight Runners, later shortened to Dexys.
They formed in 1978 and got their first triumph with the 1980 soul-infused
debut LP Searching For The Soul Rebels featuring No 1 hit Geno.
Two years later they gained massive attention with their 2nd longplayer Too Rye Ay
with million-seller single Come On Eileen which topped the US and UK charts. More than
553 million streams on Spotify so far.
Now, after 45 (!) years, several line-ups and several hiatuses Dexys released (only)
their 6th album, the highly entertaining and feel-good full-length The Feminine Divine.
To celebrate Rowland‘s 70 birthday, I’m not going to play one of the golden oldies.
Instead, I’ll spin (for the umpteenth time) the new goosebumps masterstroke balled
off the new LP, named MY SUBMISSION. I listened to it at least once a day since it came
out as a single at the end of last month. Here we go for the 6th spin of this festive day.
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7 August 2023
Famous British soul-pop combo DEXYS (1978–1986, 2003–present, and known
until 2012 as Dexys Midnight Runners) led by mastermind Kevin Rowland released
their 6th LP, titled The Feminine Divine
AllMusic says: “Nobody expects him to go back in time and deliver another classic
album like Too-Rye-Ay, but it doesn’t seem too much to ask for him to make a record
that has more zip than this. That being said, it’s always good to get another transmission
from the heart and soul of Kevin Rowland, even one lacking the sweat and excitement he usually delivers.” Score: 3.5/5.
TUTV: The 4 first songs are easy-going, feel good, sunlit tunes. But from track 5 on
until the closer Rowland takes a soft turn with bluesy musings and emotive lullabies.
Overall nothing to get wild about. It’s a relaxing record for relaxing moments. And
that’s fine by me.
Singles/clips: Coming Home / My Submission / I’m Going To Be Free
– COMING HOME –
– MY SUBMISSION –
– I’M GOING TO GET FREE –
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