on 2 May 2001
When Ben Murray begins to sing on Arizona, the world just stops for a second and you try to remember when you last heard a song that you liked so much on first hearing it. You are not given long to recover when The Russian thunders in in true Tarras style. Fires is a classic track, the vocals of Joss and Ben really stand out... I could go on describing each and every track but I have to leave some surprises! This album shows a slight change in style and direction since Rising in 1998 but it is still a style that is incredibly unique to the band. Some of the tracks such as Arizona, Fires and Only One are quite contemporary but for the folk and blues lovers out there, you won't be disappointed either. This band really is going to go places, buy this album before everyone else does!!
on 19 December 2001
I am currently gripped by 'Walking Down Mainstreet' a second time after having the pleasure of seeing Tarras live. The band and album share many qualities including: a great energy and enjoyment expressed in many of the instrumental tracks, my favourites being 'The Russian' and 'Bagels', alongside the ability to produce sensitive traditional and original arrangements, like the excellent version of 'Dark Eyed Sailor' and the catchy and powerful 'Arizona'. The mixture of instrumental and vocal tracks, traditional and modern, the two different though compelling vocalists and the contrast of traditional arrangements alongside (unobstrusive) sampling make the composition of this album innovative and interesting and the success of the combination renders it, like the band, highly likeable. The range of moods and styles conveyed on this album is impressive and compelling and it makes a refreshing change from the more sombre fair of a lot of 'young' folk performers. I would recommend 'Walking Down Mainstreet' to anyone with an interest in folk music, and I would also recommend going to one of their gigs to anyone interested in music!
on 15 October 2011
"Far below believers stare
Their faith could take us anywhere"
As the supremely talented Ben Murray soothes your ears with these opening lines, you may feel as though you are sliding into a warm bath on a cold night.
Like "Rising", after more than ten years this album still remains innovative, fresh, energetic and a pure joy to the ears. You are being treated to a subtle fusion of Gaelic, British Folk, the Blues and the Classical, to name but a few of the beautifully integrated genres represented, that combine with pure artisanship to deliver the unique and original sound of Tarras. The notable change of violinst perhaps brings a slightly mellower tone as the strings are delivered with a more complimentary style and feel.
I have bought 4 or 5 copies of this over the years - this one is for the car.
Tarras have now reformed, a new album, Warn the Waters, is due for general release in February 2012 although a limited pressing is available at live gigs in the UK, where you can hear material from the past and the present delivered with equal fervour, depth and quality.
on 7 January 2002
People hear the word 'folk', and seem completely put off, but listen to this CD, and you will be addicted! There are such a variety of styles within the 10 tracks, each listner having their favourite (mine's Arizona!). It's an absolutely fantastic CD displaying each individuals talents TO THE MAX!!! You can hear their sound has matured since their last album, 'Rising'(which is also FAB!), and everyone i have played it to loves it!, folk lover or not!... BUY IT NOW!