This Is the Life

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All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Returning to his solo career after Deacon Blue's short-lived late-'90s reunion, Ricky Ross shows on 2003's This Is the Life that the differences between Deacon Blue and his solo material are minimal at best. After the hushed acoustic opener, "Northern Soul" which musically bears no resemblance to the Wigan scene at all, the album quickly moves into more familiar territory for Ross, with songs like the Prefab Sprout-style lush, jangly pop of "London Comes Alive" and the Edwyn Collins-like cod soul of "Nothing Cures That" sounding like they could have come off of any of Deacon Blue's albums. The arrangements, by producer and multi-instrumentalist Davie Scott, are '70s-style...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stewart Mason
Returning to his solo career after Deacon Blue's short-lived late-'90s reunion, Ricky Ross shows on 2003's This Is the Life that the differences between Deacon Blue and his solo material are minimal at best. After the hushed acoustic opener, "Northern Soul" which musically bears no resemblance to the Wigan scene at all, the album quickly moves into more familiar territory for Ross, with songs like the Prefab Sprout-style lush, jangly pop of "London Comes Alive" and the Edwyn Collins-like cod soul of "Nothing Cures That" sounding like they could have come off of any of Deacon Blue's albums. The arrangements, by producer and multi-instrumentalist Davie Scott, are '70s-style slick without sounding sterile and over-produced and, as always, the focus is entirely on Ross' smooth vocals. Deacon Blue fans will enjoy This Is the Life, but those resistant to that band's charms will find absolutely nothing new here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2003
  • Label: Evolver
  • UPC: 823276201922
  • Catalog Number: 762019

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ricky Ross Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Vocals, Wurlitzer
Simon Clarke Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Roddy Lorimer Trumpet
Lorraine McIntosh Vocals
James Prime Piano
Tim Sanders Tenor Saxophone
Davie Scott Organ, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Guitar, Percussion, Piano, Glockenspiel, Keyboards, Vocals, Background Vocals, 12-string Guitar, Hand Clapping
Annie Whitehead Trombone
Jim McDermott Drums
Michael Slaven Acoustic Guitar, Guitar, Mandolin
Jim Gash Drums
Jacqui Penfold Viola
Alastair Savage Violin
Scott Fraser Bass
Jo Sutherland Violin
Technical Credits
Charlie Dore Composer
Kenny Mac Donald Producer, Engineer, Audio Production
Davie Scott Composer, Producer, String Arrangements, Audio Production
Michael Slaven String Arrangements
Ricky Ross Composer, Producer, Audio Production
Tim Young Mastering
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