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on 13 December 2009
This is the best traditional music album I've heard in a long time. Any Irish person with any interest in music will find the songs and melodies familiar. Damo has not created anything new here. He has not changed the melodies and essential arrangements of these old songs that so many of us grew up hearing; but what makes this album 5 stars for me is the passion of Damo's delivery.
On the recording you can hear a man in love with his culture and musical heritage. Damo is just as passionate singing 'The Rocky Road to Dublin' as he is singing his own amazing compositions like 'Colony' or 'Sing Our Cares Away'. Fan's of Damo's own material should be able to understand why he should make a recording like this and do it so damn perfectly!
With this album, Damo has re-ingited the fire that created these songs in the first place and reclaimed their beauty from the dreary, whiney ballad singers up and down the country and around the world. A fire kept burning over the years by the likes of Luke Kelly, whose passion and delivery Damo emulates beautifully here.
The musicianship and production is perfect for a collection of traditional songs like this and in my opinion far outshines Damo's friend Sinead O'Connor's 'Sean Nos Nua' recording from a few years ago which was equally well meaning but by far lacking in the Raw Power of 'The Rocky Road'.
If you love Damo and you love great irish music in all it many guises, you'll love 'The Rocky Road'.