Please take no heed of the other rather negative review here. Yes there are melancholy, reflective and mournful songs in this collection, but they are balanced with more driving upbeat numbers. Anyway, who said music has to be cheerful all the time? Much Irish and indeed other national folk music tradition has arisen from a desire to comment on and break free from bondage, poverty and despair. Christy does this very well with his beautiful rich voice and understated delivery. Not 5 stars as the album overrall is not a classic but if you like irish folk generally, and the dubliners, pogues and planxty specifically, you will like this.