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Helpful votes received on reviews: 88% (14 of 16)
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Listen ~ Christy Moore
Listen ~ Christy Moore
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
In a world where songwriters get all the kudos, 'interpretors' can easily be overlooked or underrated. Christy Moore can write songs, make no mistake about it, but there are very few artistes that can take another's song and make it their own in the way he can.

This is a gorgeous album: well produced, full of great songs and featuring some stunning performances.

The usual Christy mix is here: a lolloping humourous number (Ballad of Ruby Walsh); a few songs of quiet indignation (Does This Train Stop on Merseyside?, Duffy's Cut and The Disapperared); and some sublime melodies and singing (Listen, China Waltz, Barrowland, John O Dreams).

Much of the focus on… Read more
Together Through Life ~ Bob Dylan
Together Through Life ~ Bob Dylan
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Not All Good..., 12 May 2009
The litmus test I guess, is: Is your life the better for having heard this album?; and the answer here is 'yes'. It's clearly not a classic, it's not all good, but when it is good - it's really good.

There are a number of lazy blues shuffles on the album that really add nothing to what Love & Theft and Modern Times gave us. Hence the three stars. That said though, even on these tracks Dylan and his band seem to be enjoying themselves.

When the album does deliver, the songs are as good as anything on the previous two albums.

The opener, Beyond Here Lies Nothing, immediately shows the quality of the musicians used on this album. Life Is Hard is a great song,… Read more
Unglorious Hallelujah ~ Chip Taylor
Unglorious Hallelujah ~ Chip Taylor
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
It is always a risk buying an album from an artist you've never heard before. I bought this on the strength of the review in The Guardian, and it's worth every penny. Never having heard Chip Taylor before I have nothing to compare this album with - hence giving it only 4 stars for fear of ranking it higher than his magnum opus or long-term fans's favourite release.

Double CDs are always problematic, either padded out with average material to make up the playing time or if good, difficult to consume in one long sitting. Chip Taylor has cracked this problem by releasing two separate albums in one; not a double CD at all! The first album Unglorious Hallelujah centres on the spritual… Read more