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Don Meskell - An Innocent Run,
This review is from: Innocent Run (Audio CD)
I first heard Don Meskell when he played live at the Watergate Theatre, Kilkenny in his native Ireland. He delivered a 45 minute solo acoustic set of passion and rawness. A modest man, he said little in between tracks, but by the end of the set you felt you knew something of what drove the man to write powerful guitar-based songs. Meskell has a voice that can touch the hardest soul. His range is wide and at the higher end of it a slight gravel in the tone adds an extra layer of meaning to the thoughtful, and thought-provoking lyrics.
It was with a great deal of anticipation then, that I awaited the release of Meskell's first album of three that he has signed to with his new label. I was eager to relive that man and guitar synergy, that rawness in the voice, that unmasked emotion. I was saddened, then, to find that this album, containing many of the songs I heard live that night has been over-produced. Meskell sounds like a soft-rock American popster along the lines of Steve Tyler. The gravel in his voice has become like that of Curtis Steigers in its cliched use, and the melodies themselves with the added instrumentation have lost their honesty. Track 2 has Meskell singing over a newsreel of Mid-West American news. Track 5, which live made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up, has been watered down with an almost swing beat to accompany the drums, guitars, synth and backing singers. I had hoped for alot more - in fact, in terms of the amount of instruments and production, alot less. Don Meskell was a real find for me; he has huge song-writing talent and is a fantastic singer, but this album does not hit the target. I hope his second and third mark a return to something more akin to his live sets.