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Acoustic and loud....
on 10 July 2003
I saw this wonderful act in Dublin 1986 supporting the Housemartins. They were as good as any live act I have ever seen since. They believed so much in their own unique sound and they certainly surprised 4,000 Housemartin fanatics. On this album are the main highlights from that very memorable cold October night. 'Misty Blue" is a beautiful, slow love song. "Letter from America" (folk and band version) needs no introduction at this stage...possibly the most poignant tribute to emigration you'll ever hear. "The first attack" is fantastic; the acoustic chords coupled with affecting harmonies.... You'll find yourself singing along, so infectious is it.
My favourite track is "Sky takes the Soul"....if ever a song made you want to take up playing the guitar this is it...a fast song with raw but wonderful lyrics ("it could be tomorrow it could be today when the sky takes the soul, the earth takes the clay") and, yes, those harmonies again..
"The joyful Kilmarnock Blues" even introduces a simple but very effective way of grabbing your attention ...a fast clapping sound...
The band scores well for this album - 4 stars for their honesty, their harmonies, their feel-good music and their inventiveness.