Dexys at Southampton Guildhall

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The thinning hair and paunches are a clue that they are no longer the young soul rebels, but good lord they’ve still got it.

Dexys have shed the Midnight Runners part of their name – and we pedants know they have never had an apostrophe – and are touring their fourth album, One Day I’m Going to Soar.

Rather than scatter this year’s songs among the old favourites, they play the new record in its entirety, before diving back to the 1980s for the final 40 minutes.

The new album is a lot better than you might expect for a first effort in more than 25 years.

Though a bit one-paced, tracks like Incapable of Love and Nowhere is Home pack a punch – as does the chemistry between Kevin Rowland and his co-stars/singers Pete Williams and Madeleine Hyland throughout the evening, which is often more like conversation than singing. But in a good way.

There are moments in the older songs when Dexys show they’re among the best British bands of any era.

Come on Eileen is slowed down and extended and doesn’t work at all.

But an emotional Old is followed by a steamrolling version of Until I Believe In My Soul, and the encore is an adrenaline-filled I Love You (Listen to this).