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on 19 April 2009
This album entices you in, the more you listen, the more it comes alive.
Liam McKaheys rich, dark, soothing baritone vocals are complemented by the musicianship on this beautiful record.
(Vocal comparisons to Scott Walker and Nick Cave)
UK press reviews....
"Lonely Road is absolutely lovely. It is a joy to have Liam McKahey back." - Pennyblackmusic
"essential listening" -Netrhythms
" like Nick Cave, the Triffids, Tendrils and Beasts of Bourbon. There's atmosphere and drive on Lonely Road" - Americana UK
"I found myself singing the opening title track and a further listen was almost epiphanal as the beauty languorously revealed itself."-Rock n Reel
"It's a divinely dark, cinematic outing full of beauty" - Whisperin and Hollerin
"a cast-iron beauty with Brown's keening guitar and McKahey's impeccable vocal" - MusicOMH
"I've been struggling to pick highlights, because the album is so strong, but `Lovers & Fools' `Inscription' and `Unheeded Tidings' are particularly special. Other singer-songwriters are just not in his league." - 17 Seconds
"his classy gravitas is just as suited to tender love songs. Not all is hearts and flowers, but the elegant strings add to the vocals' luxury." - Teletext
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Liam McKahey is former vocalist with group - 'Cousteau' whose first album sold over 220,000 copies.
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VINE VOICEon 20 May 2009
"One of the great forgotten voices " trumpeted some review somewhere. Now no one who has heard Liam Mckahey,s work with his former band Cousteau would dispute that ,Mckaheys, Scott Walker like croon ( how sick must he get with that comparison but it's the glaringly obvious one to make and ,m not going to argue with it ) is a thing of incredible presence and power but like any instrument it's rendered pointless if the material isn't up to it.
Thankfully Lonely Road has plenty of terrific songs ( written by Mckahey solo or with Blair Jollands /Daniel Moore ) and rather than stick to the opulent balladry of his former band whose last album Nova Scotia saw the light of day in 2005, he adds grainy rock songs , spectral acoustic numbers and even songs that wouldn't sound out of place on a Calexico album . Now I happen to adore opulent balladry and would personally have liked a little more of that rather than the rockier numbers but you can't blame the bloke for wanting to distance himself from his old band.
He has gone about that in more ways than one , re-locating himself to Canberra ,Australia ( though the album was recorded in London ) where some of the wide open spaces of that country have percolated into the music. By way of connection to his old band Cousteau guitarist Robin Brown imparts some quality guitars parts but it's the pedal guitar and trumpet of Jollands that make the most distinctive contribution to the albums sense of languid introspection and melancholic freedom .
The title track is an exquisite shivery ballad with excellent slide guitar work. "Unheeded Tidings " prowls and roars like prime Nick Cave ."Clyde" is a countrified lament that would slot perfectly into Simon Bonney,s peerless albumForever ."Lovers & Fools" has a vivid Mariachi swing and some John Leyton like wailing while there is more of the same on the melodramatically lamenting "Blackwater Pass" with added vocals from Renee Louise Carafice. "Pain feels like bliss" on the horn led "Serafina " while the dramatic acoustic strains of "Listen" lead into the truly lovely "John Henrys Eve" made special by the forlorn trumpet and that voice of course.
Only the grunged up rocker "Fire" is a total mis-step otherwise it's sumptuous songs all the way. How this isn't get any mainstream radio play is beyond me .If ever there was music deserving of a wider ( mainstream ) audience this is it. It's inclusion in my albums of the year list is already assured .Small consolation to Mr McKahey but it will have to do .
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on 21 April 2009
Described by one reviewer as 'one of the great lost voices' I would whole heartedly agree.

This debut self-penned solo effort brings dark romance back into fashion with a bang.
Brooding, heartfelt and joyous, all within one album, the stuff most singers only ever dream about.
Liam's voice- soaring at times, soft, menacing and beautifully bitter at others, perfectly compliments the excellent songwriting on show throughout.

A truly amazing talent....don't miss it.
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