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A Return To Form,
This review is from: Burning Times (Audio CD)
Following medical problems and semi-retirement the 2001 release This Is The Day turned out to be a low key affair for a Christy Moore album. Thankfully he appears to have put this behind him and is looking stronger than ever.
His re-acquiantance with Declan Sinnott has proved to be a saving grace for Christy. His live performances over the past few years with Declan playing beside him have livened up and added another dimension to the music. This is evident on the latest album Burning Times.
All of the songs on this album are covers of other artists work, but that is true for a lot of Christy's work. His genius is being able to put his own twist on anybody's work and make it sound fresh. This is so well done that some of the songs are bare;y recognisable to the originals.
THroughout the album many different styles are played with, none of which produce negative results. Some of the stand out tracks for me would be Beeswing (originally written by Richard Thompson) and Magdelene Laundries (Joni Mitchell). One of the stand out tracks is America I Love You - a Morissey song that attacks the American ideals e.g. president akways being a heterosexual white male.
The best track in my opinion is The Lonesome Death Of Hattie Carroll. This version is totally different from the original Bob Dylan version. More life and energy has been added to the song and it is sung with more feeling. As another reviewer has said it is worth buying the album just for this track.
All in all a superb return to form and well worth buying. And if you get a chance to see the man live - do not turn down the oppurtunity.