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Superior MOR - underrated guitarist, too!,
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This review is from: His Special Years (Audio CD)
Val Doonican was / is an act that was very easy to dismiss as a cardigan-wearing, rocking chair reposing fount of mild Irish blarney and middle of the road blandness. Discuss. Well, to me, there's an art to making this sort of music that is all too easily overlooked. With this set, what you get is well-arranged, supremely melodic and undeniably appealing easy listening music that is performed by a consummate talent. Val never sounds like he's 'dialing in' a vocal, always phrasing the lyrics and hitting the right notes, with an emotive quality that is heartfelt - Val is the Real Deal, there's no artifice here. His version of 'Elusive Butterfly' is powerful, and the theme from 'Ring of Bright Water' is incredibly moving. I think Val's great, and this set is a suitable, and inexpensive showcase for his diverse talents. I like Lou Reed, too, and although Val probably couldn't cover 'Venus In Furs', Lou couldn't handle 'Delaney's Donkey', either.