This album is on.... permanent repeat at the moment, it's grabbed me that much. I say this as someone heavily into all sorts of singer/songwriter types of both genders, and as someone who buys a lot of music. I'm stunned by it's brilliance. Bonnie and Clyde is that kind of song that even on first hearing gets wholly into your mind and you wander around for days wondering where you heard it before (I still haven't worked out whether I had, but I suspect it was simply the impression the song made and I'd never heard it before) and why you'd not bought the album sooner. Sorbara goes from happy and upbeat through self-reflective and slow and touches all emotions bringing a life to the… Read more
I must say that on first listening to Daybreaker, I felt that there was nothing there that grabbed my attention - nothing that made me sit up and take note. Nothing to shove whatever I was doing onto the back burner in order to listen to it. However, that could be because i'd just listened to Gemma Hayes' stunning Night on your side for the first time immediately prior to this one, and I was slightly hungover... therefore slightly behind events. Now I've had the chance to re-listen and reconsider, I find myself in possesion of another great album from one of the best singer/songwriters around. While I still prefer Trailer Park for its rawness and the simply beautiful (semi)acoustic… Read more
A true work of genius. McCarthy is an astute observer, a genuine wit, and able to spin a good yarn out of his experiences. Anyone who loves ireland or even the idea of ireland should read this book. Anyone who likes the kind of comedy that can keep a thread going for more than a page, and weave events around it should love this too. Ditto for lovers of good travel writing. I cannot praise this book, or its fantastic author highly enough. Buy this now!!!!!!!