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  • Summary: The 13th full-length release for the British band led by Mike Scott was co-produced by Paul Brown and Simon Dine.
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  1. May 29, 2019
    80
    'Eclectic' is the word you want to use to describe the sounds on Where the Action Is, but it feels lazy to put a label on an album that moves the listener in every way a person can be moved. But, if you insist, let's file The Waterboys' 13th record in the box marked 'their best for years'. It really is.
  2. Oct 1, 2019
    80
    Where The Action Is may not be the absolute rave-up the album title implies, but it is a remarkably incisive effort that ought to remind one and all what a singularly important ensemble the Waterboys were… and still remain.
  3. May 29, 2019
    80
    A judiciously edited forty-some minutes of music that sounds every bit the essence of what the band’s titular leader wanted to say and how he wanted it to sound.
  4. Q Magazine
    Jun 14, 2019
    80
    Scott's energy and enthusiasm burns as brightly as ever. [Summer 2019, p.116]
  5. Jun 25, 2019
    80
    This is one of the finer works in Scott's lengthy canon, a triumph of atmospheric, poetic, purposely kaleidoscopic songcraft from an often-overlooked master.
  6. Uncut
    May 29, 2019
    70
    The title track's mod R&B struts with the confidence of a band whose last album hit the Top 10. [Jun 2019, p.37]
  7. Classic Rock Magazine
    May 30, 2019
    60
    A little unwieldy in places, but still pleasingly timeless. [Jul 2019, p.85]

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