Mirror Mirror CD
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Top Customer Reviews
The last time I experienced anything approaching this was when Kate Bush released Wuthering Heights in the 70's . . . I just hadn't heard anything like it before. On hearing The Irrepressibles I knew I had stumbled upon something very, very special.
I have since been to many of their performances, seeing them in intimate and in vast surroundings . . . and they delight every time.
They seamlessly fuse orchestration with pop melodies and soaring cathartic vocals. The album Mirror Mirror is a wonderfully emotive and enchanting collection of their work revealing surprises at every turn.
I can understand the comparisons with early David Bowie and Kate Bush or Antony and the Johnsons but they really don't do them any justice . . . The Irrepressibles are unique, exciting and so much more.
I strongly recommend you have a listen. Gems like this don't come along often.
Jamie McDermot has a particularly nifty one.
(His vibrato is pretty stunning at times too!)
He also leads a delectable ensemble of talented
musicians whose capacity to give life to his
musical imaginings is quite breathtaking.
The twelve pieces on this recording are all
atmospherically realised dramas which are so
beguiling in their complexity that it is impossible
not to get sucked (hook line and sinker!) into
their magical narratives and sonic landscapes.
Mr McDermot clearly knows what he is about.
His refined musical intelligence and compositional
know-how point to a well-absorbed academic past.
The Irrepressibles is an entirely apt name for the band.
The energy and dynamism expended by all concerned
creates a thoroughly uplifting listening experience.
There is no waste matter here whatsoever.
The plaintive voice on the captivating
'In Your Eyes' is utterly stunning!
The limpid string and woodwind arrangement equally so.
Comparisons with Antony Hegarty are inevitable
and not unwarrented but that which makes Mr McDermot
different is spectacularly and uniquely his own!
The haunting, nocturnal world of 'I'll Maybe Let You'
is a strangely disturbing soundscape. Skittering
percussion, uneasy violin and Craig White's dream-like
cor anglais intervention all keep our nerves nicely on edge.
The spirit of Aaron Copland seems to have touched the
inspiration underpinning 'Anvil'. The bouncing rhythmic
structure and vibrant string part brought the composer's
'Appalachian Spring' to mind on more than one occasion.Read more ›
This young man displays the art of repeating some words, some phrases ad nauseam or ad aeternum vale, farewell in the vast variations of this vale of sighs, whispers, lamentations, echoes and reverberations. We are mesmerized and we can hear what we want, we can hear the echoes of our desires and we totter between Jo, or is it Joe, and we do catch "her heart on the sleeve" and yet we are surprised by that unique and sole mention of any femininity in that world that sounds so "gay" as he says as opposed to "sad", true enough, and yet that sad gayness has little to do with any gaiety of some famous theater in Dublin.
In fact most of the time we are far beyond, the singer is in love with the image he sees in the mirror, an image that is not himself but the truth that shines beyond the lies. Love is the only thing he wants but it is too often just holding, hugging, when it is not crushing him on the anvil he is for the angel he is enamored with. Haven't you been told that the angelic seraph is nothing but the sweet side of the punished and deadly saraph, that bronze serpent that can kill just on sight?
So what's left after having been hammered into the metallic anvil by this smashing golden goose of a guardian lover?Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Theatrical, unusual, gorgeous, emotion laden. This will not be for everyone!
when 'transition instrumental' comes in which segues into ' in this shirt' I have to stop what... Read more
A fabulous album, with 'In This Shirt' one of my all time favourite tracks.Published 19 months ago by C H
When I first heard "In this shirt" something magical happened in me. I needed to know exactly what the lyrics were sang so I could enjoy it better, only to realize that... Read morePublished on 2 Mar. 2014 by Bobby Market
What do you get if you mix tim curry (frankenfurter from rocky horror) with Anthony hegarty, billy Mackenzie, Marc almond, jimmy Somerville and Michael nyman band?
Never reviewed anything on Amazon before but I love The Irrepressibles. A beautiful collective of musicians, their albums are incredible and their gigs are always... Read morePublished on 6 Nov. 2012 by Laura1984
Absolutely brilliant. Had not heard of them before the BT advert but
really pleased I have now. You will not be disappointed.