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Too Rye Ay

Dexys Midnight Runners

1982

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Too Rye Ay

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3.15

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Pack of dickheads

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Wow. What to say. I was going through some really bleak times in 1982. Both my older sisters had killed themselves in a suicide pact. I sought solace in the music of Dexys Midnight Runners and boy did it change my outlook on everything. 40 years on and I still have a bittersweet feeling stuck in my throat about it. To this day you can find me both dancing and crying to Come On Eileen. It did ruin my cousin's wedding, but she's a complete slut.

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5

Deserves a 5 just for managing to make dungarees cool. Top effort. If it was a footballer it would be sarong wearing trendsetter David Beckham.

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4

Not bad, not bad at all. "Come On Eileen" is a classic, and the rest (for the most part) blended together - but into an enjoyable mash. Would revisit.

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5

Cum on Eileen

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5

This was actually fantastic. Ahead of its time in ways, rooted in old school folk idioms in others. Nearly every song full of emotion. I'm doing it, I'm giving it a 5.

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4

So much more than just Come On Eileen. Great horns all over the album. Not that far from Housemartins at certain tracks.

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Surprisingly good. Enjoyed this more than I thought. Last track is shite though

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Un bon album de la part du sosie vocal de The Cure.

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Wow this guy's voice is annoying!

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fucking insufferable. the guy nobody really wanted at the party, waiting for a high five, hand in the air, for over an hour.

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5

Absolutely glorious - all coming together in one of the ultimate pop singles, which is even better at the end of this album that as a stand-alone song. Yes!

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5

Love me some Dexys

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5

Awesome

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5

Absolutely amazing. I definitely knew Come on Eileen, but I have never listened to this entire album. Definitely one of the best so far, in my opinion.

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5

Ya estoy en edad. Me encantó.

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5

Such a fun album!

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5

10/10 didn’t know acoustic 80s pop like that would sound so cool it’s got so many cool songs, it sucks that it’s all over shadowed by Come on Eileen

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5

I love “Come On Eileen.” One of my all-time favorites. But for reasons unknown I have never listened to this album. I’m glad I did. This is a hell of a lot of fun and I really enjoy this album. Kevin Rolland’s vocals have a Freddie Mercury-like drama to them that I am surprised to have never noticed before. Songs like “Jackie Wilson Said (I’m In Heaven When You Smile)” exude joy and make this album is a real pick-me-up. The strings and horns are exciting. The lyrics are often serious and even dark and contrast with the music, as in the peppy song’s “I’ll Show You” exploration of school boys change into ‘alcoholics, child molesters, nervous wrecks and prima donnas, jilted lovers, office clerks, petty thieves, hard drug pursuers’ all to the happy horns. This makes TOO RYE AYE a fun listen that exposes more depth than you might expect as you become more familiar with the songs. “Plan B,” “Liars A to E” and “Until I Believe In My Soul” were other standout tracks to me on the first few listens. Even “Come On Eileen” had a little surprise at the end. I also enjoyed the bonus tracks a lot as well. Great album!

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5

A very fun listen. An upbeat album with multiple tracks that are absolutely welcome into my playlists.

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5

2/01/22

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Adorei o álbum! Achei as músicas alegres, animadas e divertidas. Verdade que não prestei atenção nas letras, mas adorei. Me animou pra fazer um bolo, que é uma tarefa que me faz feliz. Acho que volto a ouvir com mais atenção depois. :)

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5

This album is dated in a good way. It's all greens and yellows, with cringy falsettos, silly performative singing, trompettes, church organs, and cough, cough, cough.

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4

Come on Eileen is a 10/10. Everything else is a 6 plus. So, 7/10 FT: need you ask?

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4

Surprisingly good album. Not just a one-hit wonder. The Van cover is good, and Until I Believe is great, too.

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"Come on Eileen" I had never heard any of the other songs.

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Got some classics on it, love the accents.

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Have a couple of listens. More to it than a one hit wonder. His voice sounds like a fun version of the cure. Interesting back story with all of the line up changes and affected image the main dude seems a bit of a control freak. And Dexy is a drug? Cool.

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I mean 'Come on Eileen' is a legendary song and this album is actually a bit of fun.

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nice!

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I never really thought of them as a British band (having only ever heard Come on Eileen before), but they have a fun and consistent sound that occasionally reminded me of XTC.

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Fun! I should've listened to more of their songs after I loved Come On Eileen. That's still my favorite, but the rest has a similar fun vibe, fiddle part, and that great English singing voice.

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come on eileen!

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4

Full of big tunes and big horns Plan B, Liars A to E and Dubious are highlights

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A lot better than I thought it would be. And actually quite like Come on Eileen now, whereas before it annoyed me.

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A very good find, those strings do really belong there, even if the record drags a little it is outstanding

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I was listening to this album thinking I knew that voice, and that the music was good but nothing special until I heard it, this album is heavily carried by Come On Eileen, if it wasn't for that song the score would be lower, although I did appreciated how varied the instrumentation and the melodies were

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Good shit, me gustó la mezcla de sonidos

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Great album.One of my favourites from the 80s

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I thought they were one hit wonders but the rest of the album is very strong. Loved the strings and horns

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"First let's hear somebody sing me a record That cries pure and true No not those guitars, they're too noisy and crude The kind that convinces, refuses to leave" (Let's make this precious) "And you'll hum this tune forever" (Come on Eileen) HostiA QUÉ SORPRESA ESTE DISCO.

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4

Cool, fun album. Like the different strings and Celtic sounds. Pretty good Van Morrison cover in there - Jackie Wilson

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4

Completely unique sound, utilizing big band, banjo, some strings, it honestly feels like a nightmare to play live. But the studio album? Perfectly campy. A show within itself. Just a ton of fun. There's even a little refrain they do of the main melody at the end of "Old" as if they're changing the stage for side b, haha. Reminds me a little bit of Supertramp's Crime of the Century in it's framing and whatnot. I think it's a very well-done album, but something will always keep me from absolutely loving this big theatrical albums. No matter how good, it always comes up a little short. Oh, and Come On Eileen is the ultimate white-people jam, so credit for that.

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4

Loved this, nice bass, nice strings, vocals - everything. A real party record

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A well produced, fun pop album. Friday feels are real.

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Absolument dingue, Robwup je vais devoir te faire taire tes critiques musicales font honte à la France

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ok

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Great fun to tap and sing along to; could have done with some cuts towards the end.

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Really dug it, thought the familiar one was coming around eventually and there it was with Come on Eileen

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one hit wonder with come on eileen, but the rest of the album is decent. i've always loved the guy's voice.

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Did not expect the band behind Come On EIllen to sound so dynamic.

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Enjoyed a lot more then I thought I would. I hear their influence in today alternative music

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4

First song's instrumentals starts off strong, sets up for the rest of the album. Goddamn nice accompaniments. Smooth. Come on Eileen is a classic.

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Great album! I haven´t heard it until yesterday. A lost jewell.

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I must have worn out my original copy of this album I played it so much in the 80s. It’s a big improvement over their prior release with some real cracking tracks including 2 great cover songs. Plus it’s also got Come on Eileen which is a classic. I’d give this a solid 3.5, but round up to 4 for old times sakes.

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I like the production and arrangements on this album better than their first. The horn section has a nice pop, the strings are great, especially in Celtic Soul Brothers and All in All, where the backup vocals too are amazing. I find the song-writing is on par with the first LP, but as a smash hit I’ll take Eileen over Geno any day.

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4

I really liked this album. Maybe it is known by the one hit wonder 'Come on Eileen' but the whole album is awesome and tematically in sync with that song

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I don't love how nearly half the songs on the album are not available on Spotify. That being said, I unironically love Come On Eileen and the songs I CAN listen to are upbeat, enjoyable, and moderate bangers.

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It seems Dexeys are more than one hit wonders. This album has depth to it. Catchy songs throughout, in their signature style. Well sequenced with a run of quieter songs at the end before the release Come on Eileen hoedown. The only thing that lets it down is that the singer's voice gets a bit grating after a while. Overall, really, really good though. 4/5.

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Very fun pop record, would recommend

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a lot of the horn tunes are catchy and fun, but apparently not breakout hits like Eileen... their slower songs don't have enough gravitas to carry them

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A true One hit wonder

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Very enjoyabke

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Enjoyed this. Never really thought about checking them out as Come On Eileen is all anyone ever plays. I shall be returning to this.

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4

Great album! From an era when pop music was approached with bags of integrity and charismatic songwriting! Upbeat, Northern soul influences but with a melancholy thread running through. I like it

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4

Takes me back. Really great album. Kevin Rowland remains sadly unappreciated. Prefer the Young Soul Rebel era version of Dexy's. No matter.

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Eccentric and over the top but some sort of genius

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Going to be worth revisiting

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Very Good album

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4

The instrumental was great. The singer’s voice could be a little annoying and sometimes sounded whinny. I appreciated hearing more than just their famous song. They do have depth.

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4

This is enjoyable… could’ve done with a little more attention on my part! I’ll revisit!

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Really enjoyable.

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It's good but it would be better if instead of "come on eileen" it was "come on guyleen"

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4

A couple of top quality songs on here, and would definitely listen to again. I love having some very happy music to bop along to on. I enjoyed it a lot, but it's a bit too eclectic an album for me to rate it 5/5.

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On first listen, while taking a pleasant walk through the park, I thought that this album was a confused schizophrenic mess. And it is. But then, while filling out some paperwork I really didn't want to have anything to do with, I gave it another listen. I get it now - a confused mess it may be, with a frustrating track arrangement and sound bouncing all over the place, but it's one hell of a fun album. You can start in a melancholy mood, but by the time the riff of Come On Eileen kicks in you'll have left that long behind. Standouts for me were Precious, Plan B, and of course the greatest wedding disco track of all time.

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Enjoyed it! Never realised Jackie Wilson Said was by this band.

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We all know why this album is on here, but it was surprisingly enjoyable despite the one-hit wonder. Very energetic and fun plus can’t hate on come on Eileen. Fav songs: Jackie Wilson said, old, come on eileen

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"Come on Eileen" by far the best and most popular song but it was a fun album to listen to. Lead singer almost kind of sounds like Brandon Flowers from The Killers... well, Brandon sounds like him since he came later. 7/10.

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Well of course you have one of the great 80’s tunes that led to one of the raunchiest halloween costumes ive ever seen. But this album is packed with great pop sensibilities and a lot more Celtic influence than I’d been expecting. There’s almost some Queen style harmonies at the start of “Old” Fav tracks: “Come On Eileen” “Celtic Soul” “Old”

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4

This was much better than I expected. Worth a repeat listen

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much better than I thought, proto-ska sound.

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What a surprise! Of course I only knew the hitsingle "Come on Eileen" before listening to the album. I really enjoyed the whole thing. Great musical variety and entertaining artistic elements.

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Fun album! Lots of bangers. Fav tracks: Old, Let's Make This Precious

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Honestly, their songs all sound very similar. Does that mean they are bad? No way. Enjoyed the album!

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Enjoyed it more than I expected but likely not enough to seek it out again.

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Other than Come On Eileen, I knew nothing of this album. It was good. The few tracks really appealed to me. I thought that I would really love this album. The instrumentation and vocals were excellent. Then as the album neared the end, the tracks were not as appealing and I found them difficult to listen to. The final Come On Eileen track was a rally back to my good side, but overall the album did slip to a 4 by the end.

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Part of the fun novelty of "Come On Eileen" was the addition of a fiddle sound to pop music, and that is true throughout this album. What I didn't expect were the horn sections as well, plus piano, making for a very eclectic but fun sound. Kind of old timey, but definitely not old fashioned sounding. It's a shame this band is shorthand for "one hit wonder" in the US, since I think there is lots more to get to know and enjoy.

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I picked this one out of all the ones I haven't listened to because I knew I'd enjoy it. Great album and 'come on eileen' is just a song that hits the fun button in my soul every time

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good songs: - the celtic soul brothers - let's make this precious - jackie wilson said - old - plan b

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I figured that Dexys midnight runners were kind of a one-hit-wonder band. That was until I heard this album. This is a brilliant album that mix’s Celtic musical influences with soul and R&B. It is a really pleasant album to listen to. I particularly enjoyed 'Reminisce - Part 1' for its story like qualities and 'Jackie Wilson said' with its upbeat tune that’s catchy and very memorable. I feel like it’s a sort of 3.5 range so I’ll give it the benefit of doubt and round it up…

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This was a pleasant surprise from a band that I've only ever known as a one-hit-wonder. They have a great horn section on many of the tracks, and their cover of "Jackie Wilson Said" fits in well with the album. I listened to a version of an album with bonus tracks, which are great additions to the album. "Until I Believe in My Soul" could have been skipped, but I would come back to most of the tracks. If you like their one-hit "Come On Eileen" this album is worth checking out. I'm rounding up to 4 stars.

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This took me back. It's a tape we played in the car all the time

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The Sax solo in Until I Believe in My Soul is a GEM! And getting Come on Eileen on a day Eileen Gu gets her thrid medal was a pretty pleasant coincidence xD

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4

Really good album. Fun to listen to. Come on Eileen is one of the greatest songs ever

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Too-Rye-Ay by Dexys Midnight Runners (1982) I’m not a fan of Britpop, but Dexys Midnight Runners add a creative flair to the genre that makes for a truly enjoyable listen. For those who, like me, thought that Dexys Midnight Runners’ first album (Young Soul Rebels [1980]) was very good, well, this one is very gooder. To the prominent trombone and other horns, they added two violins, making their pop sound even more idiosyncratically inventive. Readers might be familiar with the big hit off this album, the closing track “Come On Eileen” (successful on both sides of the Atlantic), but if that’s all you know, you’re missing a lot. Their cover of Van Morrison’s “Jackie Wilson Said (I’m in Heaven When You Smile)” is even better than Morrison’s original (from his album Saint Dominic’s Preview [1972]). More splashy vocals, string backgrounds, elaborate horns, and a more open sound. The opening track “Celtic Soul Brothers” is exactly what is advertised. Scottish/Irish Celtic instrumental grounding with 60s Motown soul/R&B flavorings. It’s like The Pogues on a date with The Supremes (or, alternatively, Loreena McKennitt on a date with John Belushi—make your own suggestions! It’d be a fun party game). Now the lead vocal by Kevin Rowland is quirky (kind of a whiny David Bowie) and definitely not of high quality. But it is supremely interesting, almost as if he had a prior career as a punk rock frontman (he did—with The Killjoys in the late 70s). But Rowland and trombonist “Big” Jim Paterson are the creative geniuses behind the sound. And it’s a very good sound. With mobile bass lines, sassy horns, jazz interludes, female backing vocal ensemble, adjustable meter, along with occasional banjo, accordion, and tin whistle thrown in, the listener experiences an unexpected delight around every bend in the road. There’s a lot of good music on this album. It’s worth putting on the headphones and dancing in the living room (especially if your wife just left for two and a half weeks to visit your mother in law). 4/5

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Disco ochentero BRUTAL. Algo diferente. Sólo demasiado largo, te pierdes un poco entre tanta canción

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With neverending gusto, chutzpah and bravado, Too-Rye-Ay is home to Dexy's Midnight Runners' most endearing hit and several of hidden gems that does more than expected in sweeping the listener off their feet. While not their greatest hour (that would be Don't Stand Me Down), it's perhaps their most assured and finest. Favorites: Let's Make This Precious, All in All (This One Last Wild Waltz), Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile), Plan B, Until I Believe in My Soul, Come on Eileen, Reminisce (Pt. 1)

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4

This was a lot of fun.

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4

Great album all the way through

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4

I admit I’m a bit of a sucker for bands with a horn section! Good album, upbeat and much more than a one hit wonder. Will listen again. 4

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4/5. Delightful little Celtic-pop/soul that I’ll visit on Paddy’s Day

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4

If you love "Come on Eileen" then you'll probably love the rest of this album. Exceeded expectations for me honestly.

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4

C'mon Eileen ...a huge hit ...a band with little bit of style, ok.

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4

Surprising. Come on Eileen has always been on my party list but never listened to the album

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Fun, but I see why they were one hit wonders in the States

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Never thought to listen to them beyond Eileen, but I like it

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3

not bad. a little elo/modest mouse/bowie

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3

This album is nothing amazing but I’ve always liked its just a very fun listen for me 7/10

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3

Interesting to hear this subgenre but in the end all the songs were too close to each other and unremarkable

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3

Surprisingly fun album its not all about "come on Eileen"

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3

this was an ok album. has come on eileen. spotify doesn't seem to have all the songs. makes it hard to rate.

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3rd star because come on eileen

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3

Pretty good though so many songs missing from spotify

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3

A unique sound. Enjoyed it

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3

This album was better than I thought it would be. I'd put "Come on Eileen" on a 1001 best singles to listen to, but maybe not on the album list. But, hey, I didn't make the list.

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3

Familiarity:1/10 Notes: to think this band had a huge hit. I'm still kinda amazed Real Rating: 6/10

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good, but abit same same

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Fav: Old, Come on Eileen

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3

Honestly, so many of these British rock bands from the 80s and 90s just sound the same to me. And this one has some really annoying songs where they repeat the same thing over and over again and just wear me out.

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3

was an ok album, I've only ever heard "Come On Eileen" there were some other good songs on the album, but nothing too crazy good.

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Slightly better than I expected. 5-6/10

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Come on Eileen is a 5 star track

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3

Enjoyed it, mostly just for that one song....

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I like 'Come on Eileen' as much as the next person, in fact probably more, I think it's a class song. But really not sure why this album is one you should hear before you die? I didn't dislike it, his voice is very distinct, the horns are fun, the fiddles remind me of an 80s Arcade Fire, but a lot of the songs either sound exactly the same or are forgettable filler. There are phrases in some songs that are repeated in `Come on Eileen`. It's also too long.

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Ganske interessant. Noe litt annet enn vi har hatt her tidligere. En slags Jethro Tull lite. Mistet interessen et lite stykke inn. Ble litt sånn "I get it, kom deg videre". Sangeren ble veldig irriterende rundt "Plan B". Kommer ikke til å besøke dette albumet igjen. Ikke dårlig, men virkelig ikke bra heller. Svak 3.

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not bad, don't think I'll ever listen to it again.

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Well this is something I have not heard before, its not ska, its not big band. Its got that really 80's over the top theatric voice that I can never get into. But I enjoyed the listen from a new experience stand point. This might be the most interesting music made in the 80's that we have heard so far. trumpets and falsetto out of 5

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Musicianship, instrumentation and production/mixing deserve a top score. The singing was irritating and the lack of catchy melodies hardly made any individual songs stand out. The length of the album and the lack of a climax makes the album drag on a bit. I would watch this live but as a listening experience, it was average as a whole.

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3

Never heard any of this besides Come on Eileen. I liked it. Some ska vibes with the bass lines and horn section.

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DMR has an interesting and characteristic sound-- I really like the use of horns and strings-- but the album does sort of drag at times. It's good, but I don't know that it made me really feel compelled to come back to anything other than 'come on eileen'

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3

Elvis Costello, but more of a country-ska kind of vibe. A nice mishmash of sounds. Pretty radio-friendly.

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3

Quite a fun album. Good throughout. Like the singers voice.

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I spent my youth gallivanting about town in my dungarees and red neckerchief inspired by none other than dexies midnight runners. Lock up your daughters!

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3

Actually enjoyed this more than I thought I would, some good instrumentals. Vocals can get grating though and eileen is very overplayed

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3

Sounds really fun, unfortunately just didnt connect with me.

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3

Good, soulful pop. Eileen is quite different to others.

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3

Great fuse the violin, piano and drums. But very common music.

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3

No comments not my type of album.

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3

is this a good album or a good song? Most tracks have sub-1mil plays... and then there's the one with 350mil+

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3

Come on Eileen is the best track here. They have a good sound and the tracks are unique enough but not grabby to have a bunch of good cuts from it.

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3

I want to like it more, but not a fan of K Rowland’s vocals. But the sound sure brings me back!

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3

slaps but the songs melt together

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3

- joyous, fun folk/ska blend - more than a one-hit wonder album

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3

Can see why they were a one hit wonder. Decent, but not great.

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3

HOLY MOLY.

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3

This genre of music is not what I typically gravitate towards, but I can't deny the infectious fun of this album. Found a couple new songs I liked but it did feel too long and repetitive at points. Come on Eileen still slaps though.

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3

I guess this band would fall into the category of  "one hit wonder". Quite the hit though and one that has not worn on me. It's a decent LP with good flow and a good variety of instruments with the strings and horns. While the strings and horns sounded like they were all one big happy family,  I read that the horn players all quit after the strings were invited on board and a fair amount of arm twisting was required to keep them around for a few concerts to promote the album. A sign of a  good musician is to forget about the drama when instruments are in hand. 

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3

Amusant album met veel vrolijke nummers. Af en toe wat minder zuiver. Het laatste liedje is wel een klassiekertje

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3

Overall I liked the album. But I didn't love it. I really liked the first and last song.

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3

Never thought there was something beyond “Come On Eileen“ - surprisingly good!

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3.5

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Gets a 3 on the merit of Come On Eileen alone. Only one other recognizable song, but spotify was missing a bunch of tracks. Pretty folky at times, poppy at other times.

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3

Sounds dated these days.

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3

Didn’t make as much of an impression as I anticipated

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Come On Eileen was the best track on here, and several of the others sounded really similar (probably due to the way the lead singer sings). It's... OK for me. 3 stars.

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Come On Eileen is the best track on here, it's a total banger. The rest unfortunately fall flat, "Searching for the Young Soul Rebels" was a better album for me.

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Our second Dexys Midnight Runners album. Seriously? I'm definitely starting to see the UK bent the list has that others have mentioned in reviews. It's not bad I guess but did I really have to hear this before I die? Strangely enough my favorite track is the last one Reminisce with all the talking.

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Good fun energy. Come on Eileen is an obvious classic. All sounds a bit dorky to me though.

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Leuk om een keer te horen en ook niet vervelend. Maar niet snel nog een keer.

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Wel lekkere nummers, feestbaar

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Well...this is fun, isn't it? A thunderbolt right up the bum. A pop triumph. If it was a footballer, it'd be Jay Jay Okocha.

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Some of the tracks are really good but I don't like Kevin Rowland's voice. Also reminds me of dancing on the tables in the Cellar Bar at B'ham Uni, which I prefer to forget.

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La música no es nada mala, de hecho casi le pongo la 4a estrella, el problema es que no veo la razón para tener dos discos de esta banda en la lista. Dejando eso de lado, debo decir que me gusta su instrumentación y la manera en que mezclan violines y metales y en momentos suena casi a música celta, pero con otras cosas. También la voz se me hace interesante, con un timbre muy peculiar que podría ser odioso en otro lado pero que cuadra bien con su música.

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En realidad no creo que era necesario DOS discos de ellos. En mi primera reseña mencione "Musicalmente es bueno, creo que no esperaba mucho del disco pero es un postpunk muy distinto a todo lo que se hizo en su momento, con muchos pedazos tal cual de música soul casi plagiados de los 60s pero que cuadran muy decente." y creo que se aplica tal cual aquí de nuevo. Lo único que cambio es que allí mencioné como me agradaba que no se iban a que sonara demasiado a ska mientras que aquí sí lo hacen. Posiblemente si no hubieran puesto el otro disco y solo dejaran este me hubiera caido con mucha mejor cara. Obviamente el sencillo es bueno, el problema es que el resto no sobresale más allá como para justificar que les dieran tanto espacio.

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Nothing special, background music. All sound fairly similar.

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Just didn't grab me

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3 stars. It has interesting instrumentation but not as interesting lyrically

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So, Irish soul slaps harder than you’d think. I just begrudge them the Mumford-spawn.

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Pop. Folk. Alegre.

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The late 70s/early 80s onslaught continues. Come on Eileen is great. Singers voice is not. Plenty of energy. Have heard worse.

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Aaight

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Birmingham bias definitely here, and come on Eileen just about scrapes this up to a 3 for me.

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Pleasant but generally unremarkable - a few fun tracks and easy to work to as it's not very distracting. Enjoyable cover of Come on Eileen That's the best I can say about it unfortunately

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3/5

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3.4 - Having been underwhelmed by other one-hit wonders appearing on this list (e.g. A-Ha), I came to this expecting mediocrity but actually ended up sort of enjoying this record. I hear elements of gypsy jazz, ska and Irish folk, which somewhat justifies its place for me since "Come on Eileen" has long ago worn out its welcome.

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New wave

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3.1 - decent selection of fun and danceable songs to singalong to, especially Come On Eileen and the. An Morrison cover, but another inclusion that seems to highlight the British-centric nature of this list.

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Falsetto and fiddles, swaggering saxophones blasting in time to my heartbeat gait, oh my! So this is where that "Come on Eileen" song comes from. Huh.

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Mostly 80s nonsense but not bad I suppose. All sounded the same to me but good fun I guess. Can't deny Come On Eileen is excellent

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Poor Dexy's Midnight Runners where their 3/5 of their top songs on Spotify are Come on Eileen. But its certified one of the best songs of all time I'd say. The rest of the album was pretty fun but nothing stand out like that.

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I was so up and down with this! Obviously come on Eileen is an anthem. However, I can see why they might have been a one hit wonder. I didn’t like their sad songs. I think they should stay in their lane of fun punchy tuuuuuunes! The horns are brill all over this album and everyone knows I can get down with the trumpets LOL! And tracks like Dubious and T.S.O.P. Absolutely beaut such a bop love it. Almost reminds me of Scruff! I can’t go above three though when I didn’t like maybe half the album, shame shame.

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2.5/5

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Another album that's just fine. A couple of good songs, and Come On Eileen is a banger, but overall it's fairly forgetable.

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Pretty cool! Very good Van Morrison cover.

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I like the mix of traditional Irish music and an R &B/should sound.

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When I saw this popping up today my 1st reaction was really? Growing up in the 80s, Come On Eileen was a ubiquitous anthem of every disco. However I enjoyed this a lot. Just not sure of its classic status.

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At first I thought “Come On Eileen” is good, but come on... But then I noticed I’m humming the tunes.

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You know the one song. The question is whether you should also listen to other songs. (6/10) FT: Come On Eileen, Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)

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had low expectations but really not that bad 3.5

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meh felt like a mash of several different artists, but it wasn’t bad. sexy slay album cover

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Not too bad an album. Obviously new the mega hit Come On Eileen so was looking forward to the rest. Didnt mind this one.

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Perhaps wisely, "Come On Eileen" is the last track, ensuring that this iconic hit doesn't overshadow the rest of the tracks. The album is a lot better than I was expecting, showing much more to Dexys than just that one song. It also features "Jackie Wilson Said" which was on The Young Ones!

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Hauska spektaakkeli

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Ihan lepposa pläjäys

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Too british. Kind of like a cheap, but slightly more cheerful Smiths. Don't get the hype about Come On Eileen (had not heard it before). 2.5

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The singles are exceptional, the rest a bit... Meh

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Un autre album festif! La première écoute ne m'a pas séduite par contre, peut-être parce que j'étais distrait. J'étais pas certain du côté celte de l'affaire, mais finalement c'est pas si pire. Les écoutes suivantes étaient beaucoup plus satisfaisantes. Ça me fait penser à The Cure, plus pop et joyeux avec des cuivres. J'aime beaucoup les cuivres sur l'album. Bien sûr, j'avais déjà entendu leur plus grand succès Come On Eileen qui se retrouve sur cet album. Pièces préférées: Come On Eileen et Plan B

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Not bad

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Interesting to put Come on Eileen in context. It fits right in with the album, though.

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Didn't recognize the band name but upon hearing the first track realized they must also sing Come On Eileen. And sure enough it is on this album. Interesting sound. New wave meets Celtic folk with the horns from a ska band.

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Classic album for the most part but I did feel it dragged along towards the end. There are a few gems on there I had forgotten about and of course Come On Eileen which is close to perfect even if you have heard it eleventy-thousand times and are sick of it. The album is patchy in places which let's it down

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Surprisingly good - not my type of music but good tunes and of it’s time.

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One hit wonder but there’s some other standouts here. That said this album is way too long

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How do you rate an album when it’s the single that counts. Come on Eileen!

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I had no idea Bobcat Goldthwait sang “Come on Eileen”

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Likes better than the other album by same artists

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Trevligt

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ok

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27th April 2022 Listened in the office on first day back. Book club at Stevie’s in the evening. They’re not just Dexy’s midnight runners! Actually good fun, a little bit punky/ska tinged which was surprising.

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These guys were massive. Even now 'Come on Eileen' is played at the end of wedding receptions (this is the one where your old uncle Dick puts his tie on his head and joins the dancefloor). I'd heard a few of the other tracks over the years but this is the first time i've listened to the whole album. I think they were attempting to create a myth of their own centred around the band with dungarees and dreadlocks but it didn't really pan out and they eventually fizzled out. Even so it's clean healthy music- drum and bass with horns accompanying the vocals. It's fun to listen to and a lot better than I though it would be (album fillers around the big hits).

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Meh

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Come on Eileen, yeh I swear, this is a good album. Always liked that song and the rest of the album has that happy vibe.

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3.5 / 5 Most was new to me. Of course, the world knows Come on Eileen and I always loved that song. Classic: Come on Eileen Other standouts: Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven), Until I Believe in My Soul, Very Good: The Celtic Soul Brothers, Let's Make This Precious, All in All,

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This is an intriguing listen, it's a quirky left field fun upbeat album with seemingly the kitchen sink thrown into the production. I really enjoyed these aspects. What let's it down is the lead vocals which sits uneasily with the music. It was still quite enjoyable though.

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i guess it just takes 1 popular song to make it onto this list.

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How did they get Joe Dirt on the album cover in 1983? This is alright but I wouldn't listen again. Goofy new wave and there's already too much here. 2.5/5.

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12/10 A grandiose album for the poverty-stricken. Standout Tracks: The Celtic Soul Brothers (More Please), Old, Come On Eileen

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Pretty good. Got a bit samey

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It was alright.

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Vrolijke nummers, lekker wat blazers. Je moet wel de zanger kunnen tolereren. Zeker een heel album. Ik hou niet van violen, dus dat is ook niet echt fijn. Come on Eileen is natuurlijk de eendagsvlieg die nog steeds weinig verveelt. Reminisce Pt 1 lijkt wel een nummer van The Streets, zelfde accent, grappig

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It's meh, come on Eileen is a classic

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Decent energy, otherwise kinda meh

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Opens strong. Come on Eileen is a classic for a reason. A lot of the middle tracks sound like Bowie but worse. Marguerita time was surprisingly chill.

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Can’t be having his voice - all I hear is come on eileen which is a track I loathe

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Not good

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2.4

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Didnt finish. 80s production lingering into the 90s. Freddie Mercury....not

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Ouch

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Kevin Rowland's strangled vocal style, unsuitable violin lines, and the extremely dated Celtic folk sounds at times annoy me on Dexys Midnight Runners, though I can't ignore that there is a bit of charm and energy that can make this record worthwhile for some. I personally can't stand a large majority of the songs here, by reason of the negative aspects I mentioned. Admittedly, I even think Come On Eileen is lame. Barely... barely a 2/5.

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Don't care for the first song ... not a good sign. 2nd song is better but not doing it for me. So far the song "old" best on the album. 6 songs in 9 to go. Not sure I'll make it to the end.. plan B is good too. Maybe things are looking up. Album has gotten better as it goes on 2nd 3rd better than 1st 3rd. Album starts weak in my opinion picks up steam as it goes buy ultimately not for me. BTW I very much like Searching for the Young Soul Rebels. 2 🌟

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Nothing "I need to hear" aside from the song I've heard 3000 times in my life.

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Sounds good. 2/5

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Starts off somewhat promising (emphasis on somewhat) before progressively devolving until they disappear up their own assholes with the insipid "Come On Eileen," which is a top 5 candidate for "Song I Wish I Could Erase From the World's Consciousness." Best track: Old

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was not in to this.

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The only decent thing to come out of the 80’s was me. I used to like Michael Jackson during the 80’s but turns out he has a thing for staring at bum holes.

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seems mediocre

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Plan B lasts far too long Didnt like the random Jazz hands in the middle of some tracks MOAR FUCKING JAZZ (Until I belive in my soul) Scary laughter, makes me think of bad comic book villan COME ON EILEEEEEEEEN!!!!!!

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To me, listening to this album is a perfect parallel to listening to the one track on it that most people will know: Something, something, something, COME ON EILEEN, something, something

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Outside of a couple of songs I found it rather boring and in all honesty, I almost called it quits a few times. I kept wanting more from it and the only track that really delivered on that was Come On Eileen.

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I love the single, but the rest of the album wasn't really my jam. I did like the later added track, Show Me. But apparently it wasn't on the original release.

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It's fine. Far from an essential listen. Kinda reminds me of Billy Joel (not that I know his work very well, either). I'm surprised they were pretty much a one-hit wonder in the US. Come On Eileen is an earworm but it's probably not the best song on the album.

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Very interesting that Come On Eileen is on this album--I did NOT expect that from the initial songs. Strange vibe and not my fav, but a couple good tunes.

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Each song centers around a good idea and then sticks with that thought for at least 3 minutes, at one point as long as 7. The pro is that each song is highly distinguishable from the other since it drills the same 5 second loop in your mind a hundred times. It tries to be clever by diverging from that formula with sudden jazz interjections, whistling, or violin solos, but it turns messy really quickly every single time. It doesn't help that beyond these themes, the vocals and instrumental sounds are exactly the same which each song, so despite each track being recognizable, they also sound exactly the same. The two best songs are "Come on Eileen" (obviously) and "Jackie Wilson Said." The latter song just grabbed my attention, but of course it had to be a Van Morrison adaption. Dexys doesn't redefine the song, but their sound just matches really well with the complex melody. Just goes to show how good their songs could be if they let their ideas grow to fruition. Will I ever listen to this album again? If I want classic synth pop music to play in the background... it's like a guilty pleasure. With interesting sounds in each song, it would be hard for me to get annoyed with it like other pop albums.

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Honestly i was left feeling a bit disappointed. It all felt very similar sounding to me. I feel like they sound a lot like The Cure. Although Come On Eileen is a banger and one of my favourite 80s songs, so I can't give it less than a 2/5.

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Had heard only 'Come On Eileen' from this group in my life until now, so it was good to give this a listen. Interesting mix of styles in their tunes, and they play really well. The lead singer's voice kind of grates on me a bit. I hear he's got some true pipes but I often want him to dial it down a notch, Sure, I get that it goes with the almost -- not sure what to call it: "ska-like"? -- style of upbeat, fast-moving music they play, but it's just not nice to my ears personally. I don't imagine I'd ever just listen to this on my own for my listening pleasure, but I can definitely imagine this album being played at a lot of dance parties and such.

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While I do like the idea of adding half an orchestra to a new-wave pop outfit, both the singing and songwriting are pretty bad.

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meh.... Come on Eileen is great though

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ehhh

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Genre: New Wave 2/5 By the time this album got to its outro, the mega hit Come On, Eileen, it had overstayed its welcome. New wave has never quite done it for me. There a bits and pieces of this thing that I enjoyed, but then it would derail and turn into a jazz break, or stop completely while the vocalist whispers for a minute only for the same bland hook to come back. This one didn’t do it for me. It’s serviceable, inoffensive, and quite jolly at times, but the banjo usage, the overuse of Celtic instrumentation, and the total blandness of everything just makes this thing a dud for me. 80s nuts will dig it.

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I really tried but just listening to the first 5 seconds of the first songs was a nightmare

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Passable. Nothing special.

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COME ON EILEEN

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With the exception of the singles, including the unforgivingly ubiquitous "Come On Eileen", I'd managed to largely avoid this album for 40 years. And now I know I was right to do so.

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Sounds like if the Cure grew up in a happier family lol

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Boring. Didn't do it for me.

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I struggled with this one for some reason. The cover of Van Morrisons Jackie Wilson Said nearly made me turn it off..

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Mi gran favorita es Come on Eileen porque ¿cómo no? si dan ganas de saltar y bailar como si nadie estuviese mirando.

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Nah

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never realised they made more than one song and after listening to the album not sure I wanted to hear the rest. I don't know what this music is, what it's about or what its saying? that may not be a bad thing, but it just wernt groovy man, felt bored stressed and annoyed and just wanted it to end. only reason it's not getting a 1 is cos of Eileen

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Not my bag

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Kolejne wyspiarskie grania w klimacie okolo rokowym, nazwa nic mi nie mowila kolejne songi takze, az do come on eileen czyli numer 10 z 15, jestem pewien ze slyszalem to w niejednej reklamie lub filmie, ale jakim nie przychodzi mi do glowy, po pierwszym traku i zobaczeniu okladki, na ktorej prawdopodobnie jest frontmen i lider landy Kevin Rowland, troche dziwne, ze sotifaj i doscog podaje go jako osobny byt ktory tworzyl ten album, a Dexys Midnight Runners osobony, do glowy przychodzi co to za szkockie country, ale nastepne kawalki to bardziej wariacja na temat funkowego soula, najgorszy w tym jest natlok instrumentali jakim caly czas albumik atakuje, personel to okolo 20 osob, wiec nawet nie bede wymienail co tam bylo grane, ale jesli nawet banjo bylo uzyte, a nawet dzwonki krowie, to bylo prawie wszystko i jeszcze na dobitke ciagle chorkowanie i to nie takie jak w czarnym soulu czyli z kobiecym wokalem, ale meskie wokale overduby i jeszcze wiecej overdubow, troche wymeczony odsluch, wiec na plejke leci jedynie come on eilee

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not my cup of tea

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Awful. 1 star for Come on Eileen. Fake Irish BTW, they're from Birmingham.

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2 Platten von den Dexys Midnight Runners in dieser Liste sind 2 zu viel. Am liebsten -1 Stern

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a lot of chaff, come on eileen, more chaff no thanks

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This is exactly what I expected from this album. Decent music with an 80s sound and horns and the lyrics are almost impossible to understand. Sometimes they literally overlapped with the backup vocals saying something else. Very confusing lyrically.

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I found this album extremely grating. I forced myself to stick with it but it almost became the first of these albums I didn't listen through all the way.

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Nah… Dreadful. Dexys reminds me of cheesy djs at family doos and weddings in the ‘80s. Not for me

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Le gars chante comme Bootsie Collins, c’est insupportable. Le violon est super faux, le band est croche, pis dans c’temps-là, tu fais pas des cover comme T.S.O.P. ou Dubious. Ça groove zéro. Comme on Eileen est considéré comme du new wave et comme la plupart des band de new wave, les toune qu’on ne connait pas, c’est d’la marde.

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Cheese

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Hmm an entire album devoid of flavour and all building up to one song. I had high hopes of a misunderstood one hit wonder band - but no - they wrote a brilliant song and sapped colour from every other filler track on this album.

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I hate "Come on Eileen," but I was expecting to be pleasantly surprised by this album. I wasn't.

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