Spin - 6/88, p.78
"...a listener's delight...few other acts make such surprisingly timeless, sophisticated, and genuinely emotional pop music these days..."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1173 stars out of 5
-- "Wearing its transatlantic influences on its sleeve, the album also packs classy white soul workout 'When Will You', and the tale of slowly melting love, 'Chocolate Girl', this beautifully ornamented by BJ Cole's pedal steel."
Deacon Blue: Rick Ross, Lorraine Smith, Graeme Rolling, Douglas Vipond, Ewon Vernal, James Prine.
Personnel: Graeme Kelling (vocals, guitar); Ricky Ross, Lorraine McIntosh (vocals); Chris Rea (slide guitar); James Prime (keyboards, background vocals); Ewen Vernal, George Chandler, Jimmy Helms, Jimmy Chambers (background vocals).
Recording information: Air, London (12/1986-02/1987).
Photographer: Oscar Marzaroli.
An inspiring debut of well-crafted adult pop, heavily under the influence of Prefab Sprout, it was originally released by CBS Records in the U.K. in May 1987. Raintown was released in the U.S. by Columbia Records in March 1988. ~ Steve Aldrich