Top critical review
on 9 January 2009
When I saw that there was a new Christy CD that i had missed, I had to get it! Unfortunately, i was very disappointed. The vocals on the CD are okay, but its all set to tacky drum beats and "edgy" echoes, unnecessary for such an incredible singer and guitar player. This new way of recording seems like they are trying to be too flashy and "techno-age", which is not what the beautiful voice of Christy needs.
There are a couple of new tracks on the CD, but they are very uninspiring, and are as dwarfed by the background noise as the older tracks. Every track could be at least a minute shorter, if you cut all the repetitive backing that goes on for a long time after the singing stops.
I hoped that "Raggle Taggle Gypsy" would be the saving grace: a classic that hasn't been recorded very much (and is very rarely played at concerts) but instead it's not only Christy's voice that suffers, now its the uilleann pipe playing of Liam O'Flynn. The pipe cant be heard enough over the backing. Worse still, its not even a complete recording, as the unique transition into the pipe solo "Tabhair Dom Do Lamh" does not happen on this one!
In all, It seems that Christy could do SO much better. His charisma in singing and guitar playing is enough to keep an audience mesmerized (as demonstrated in his concerts) and therefore the technological additions are useless to true fans of Christy Moore.
Spend your money on "Live at the Point" i would suggest!