Young Dubliners- The Red
This Irish quintet has
been generating a buzz with their intoxicating brew of tin-whistles and
guitar chords. The new album Red
proves them worthy of the advance word.
The group effortlessly
sheds styles and moods to put together a feeling all of its own. The Celtic
instruments on "Bodhrain" feels as traditional as something the Chieftains
would stir up. "One & Only" starts out as a mournful ballad before changing
into a stomping rocker. The song "Rising/Change the World" is such a catchy
folk-rock tune that it has been used for a beer commercial.
The bandís unique sound
has caught the attention of Elton John lyricist Bernie Taupin, who
contributed the lovely bossa nova-tinged title track to this album. They
also have hooked producer Thom Panuzio (U2, No Doubt) who has glossed up
their traditional sound to a sparkling rock sheen.
The mix of the smart
production, clever hooks, the ancestral instruments and leader Keith
Robertsí sturdy voice make this the best Celtic-rock mix since the heyday of
the Pogues. (6/00)
Jay S. Jacobs
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