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  • Audio CD (20 April 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Series 8
  • ASIN: B001XQ6WK2
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 304,109 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Ryder on 19 April 2009
Format: MP3 Download
This album entices you in, the more you listen, the more it comes alive.
Liam McKaheys rich, dark, soothing baritone vocals are complemented by the musicianship on this beautiful record.
(Vocal comparisons to Scott Walker and Nick Cave)
UK press reviews....
"Lonely Road is absolutely lovely. It is a joy to have Liam McKahey back." - Pennyblackmusic
"essential listening" -Netrhythms
" like Nick Cave, the Triffids, Tendrils and Beasts of Bourbon. There's atmosphere and drive on Lonely Road" - Americana UK
"I found myself singing the opening title track and a further listen was almost epiphanal as the beauty languorously revealed itself."-Rock n Reel
"It's a divinely dark, cinematic outing full of beauty" - Whisperin and Hollerin
"a cast-iron beauty with Brown's keening guitar and McKahey's impeccable vocal" - MusicOMH
"I've been struggling to pick highlights, because the album is so strong, but `Lovers & Fools' `Inscription' and `Unheeded Tidings' are particularly special. Other singer-songwriters are just not in his league." - 17 Seconds
"his classy gravitas is just as suited to tender love songs. Not all is hearts and flowers, but the elegant strings add to the vocals' luxury." - Teletext
Liam McKahey is former vocalist with group - 'Cousteau' whose first album sold over 220,000 copies.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By russell clarke TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 May 2009
Format: Audio CD
"One of the great forgotten voices " trumpeted some review somewhere. Now no one who has heard Liam Mckahey,s work with his former band Cousteau would dispute that ,Mckaheys, Scott Walker like croon ( how sick must he get with that comparison but it's the glaringly obvious one to make and ,m not going to argue with it ) is a thing of incredible presence and power but like any instrument it's rendered pointless if the material isn't up to it.
Thankfully Lonely Road has plenty of terrific songs ( written by Mckahey solo or with Blair Jollands /Daniel Moore ) and rather than stick to the opulent balladry of his former band whose last album Nova Scotia saw the light of day in 2005, he adds grainy rock songs , spectral acoustic numbers and even songs that wouldn't sound out of place on a Calexico album . Now I happen to adore opulent balladry and would personally have liked a little more of that rather than the rockier numbers but you can't blame the bloke for wanting to distance himself from his old band.
He has gone about that in more ways than one , re-locating himself to Canberra ,Australia ( though the album was recorded in London ) where some of the wide open spaces of that country have percolated into the music. By way of connection to his old band Cousteau guitarist Robin Brown imparts some quality guitars parts but it's the pedal guitar and trumpet of Jollands that make the most distinctive contribution to the albums sense of languid introspection and melancholic freedom .
The title track is an exquisite shivery ballad with excellent slide guitar work. "Unheeded Tidings " prowls and roars like prime Nick Cave .
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Asterion on 21 April 2009
Format: Audio CD
Described by one reviewer as 'one of the great lost voices' I would whole heartedly agree.

This debut self-penned solo effort brings dark romance back into fashion with a bang.
Brooding, heartfelt and joyous, all within one album, the stuff most singers only ever dream about.
Liam's voice- soaring at times, soft, menacing and beautifully bitter at others, perfectly compliments the excellent songwriting on show throughout.

A truly amazing talent....don't miss it.
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Amazon.com: 3 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Liam carries on. 3 Aug. 2010
By A Music Lover - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
First off, I have the first two Costeau albums (which I really like) and DRM's solo album. I just can't hang with DRM's voice, which is problematic when remotely compared to Liam's. Liam's singing is a constant revelation, the rich deep swagger and the soaring falsetto. DRM's album has some great songs and wonderful cover of How Deep Is Your Love, with a female vocal. This would have been another great Costeau album if Liam had sung.
So what will Liam be like without any of the Costeau clan? Great. The comparisons to Nick Cave are likely, as he brings in western, cantina, and gothic vibes. It takes a few listens to let go of Costeau's big hooks and Bacharach vibe to find where Liam is going. It's a somewhat darker vibe with less kitch. I like it. I still wonder how Costeau sounded without DRM, but someday I shall get the record...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent & Brave 14 Oct. 2013
By G. McIntyre - Published on Amazon.com
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Liam McKahey is doing what he was meant to do, which is create his extraordinary art. Sometimes I ask myself why doesn't everybody know about the Bodies? Why isn't everyone cranking Lovers & Fools in their cars at stoplights? I think being successful means something else to McKahey that we just won't understand. I applaud his efforts and wholeheartedly recommend this recording. If you're looking for Cousteau Part II you won't get it-- as the group itself was a collective machine with many parts, all talented in their own right, but McKahey's moved on [with a few sweet gigs under his belt in Canberra I might add!] I'm sure he's flattered with the references to artists he probably enjoys himself, but I sneer at the comparisons. His voice remains unique in its execution, delivery & basic vibe. He *may* sound like someone you've heard before, but nobody sounds like him.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Hard to classify, easy to love. 5 Dec. 2013
By Robert L. Flenner - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought the first Cousteau disc on a whim. I was in a record store and I saw the cover art and liked enough to take a chance and I am glad I did. The sound was lush, the guitar work was point on, but the star of the band was Liam McKahey's voice. Rich, dark and powerful and able to express deep emotion without being over wrought. This held true through Sirena and Nova Scotia, the other 2 Cousteau discs. We were able to see them at Joe's Pub in New York City after the release of Sirena...the sound system was giving them fits and they went on an hour late but it was one of the best shows I ever saw. Again, Liam was the focus; he simply stalked the stage.

Fast forward 10 years...on a whim I did a search and found this disc and downloaded it immediately. This is a darkly beautiful disc. The man still has it and this disc sounds like the child of Nick Cave and Trent Reznor with a little David Bowie and Neil Young. In any other hands, it would be a mess but not here. It works and it is like nothing else out there. There are moments of lush pop, cutting dissonance, dark goth, nearly orchestral prog rock, hints of Mariachi in the horns and above all is Liam's voice...a black diamond.

It has been a long time and I do hope that it will be less than 10 years before we hear new music from Liam again. This disc came out in 2009 and he has done some gigs in his new home in Australia so there is hope...
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