Yorkshire Times
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Graham Clark
Features Writer
11:54 AM 6th January 2021

Deacon Blue Return Riding On The Tide Of Love

Deacon Blue are to release a new mini album. The first single is the title-track “Riding On The Tide Of Love”. The album itself is released 5 February 2021 on earMUSIC and was described by Classic Pop magazine as “A high tide indeed”. The single was performed for the first time on New Year’s Eve for BBC Scotland’s Hogmanay celebration broadcast.

The song is a declaration of love in a time of adversity – the one thing that gets us all through difficult times. Though the lyrics might be dark in parts, Ricky Ross and Lorraine McIntosh’s signature harmonies leave us with an upbeat and hopeful message: the tide of love will keep us afloat.

“But I’m living, and I’m breathing and I’m real / And I’m sliding and I’m clinging / But you’re here / And I’m riding on the tide of love!”

Ricky Ross explains:
“After “City of Love” was finished I looked through songs which might have been on the album. I realised too late how perfectly “Riding On The Tide of Love” would have fitted on the record. These things sometimes happen when you’re in the middle of a creative project. However, as fate would have it we realised that this was a better song for the year we’ve just been through. It’s about optimism in the face of a bad series of events. The world keeps turning and love is still our best and only way out.”

“City Of Love” was the fourth album released during a prolific eight-year period for Deacon Blue and gave the band their highest chart position in 23 years. “Riding On The Tide Of Love”springs from that same fertile time in the band’s career and serves to extend that rich vein of creative form.

“This album is a continuation of “City Of Love”, a companion piece that we recorded piece by piece, going into the studio one by one to record our individual parts. But despite being apart it's brought us all together, and we hope it will bring you together too. It was made with love by us for you, to help with the ride. Until we see you again, with love from Deacon Blue”.

10 November - Blackpool Opera House
20 November - Liverpool M&S Arena
26 November - Leeds First Direct Arena
27 November - Hull Bonus Arena
30 November - Manchester Apollo
1 December - Manchester Apollo
2 December - Manchester Apollo
4 December - Sheffield City Hall