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on 4 January 2012
Cathal Coughlan provokes a similar reaction to his music as does his homeland's most well known tipple i.e "Guinness"? You either think it's too bitter or a velvety dream.
This wouldn't be my favourite Fatima Mansions album (i'd generally choose Viva Dead Ponies) but it seemed to be unreviewed here so i thought i'd offer my tuppence worth.
It's a mini LP of only 8 tracks and 1 of those "V.N (apology)" is just a very short instrumental. It's a mixed bag of mostly ballads (in the Cathal sense of a ballad) and a few of his vitriolic tirades.
It opens with two ballads, "Behind the moon" which has one of his lovely smooth/deep vocals and is followed by the title track which is about one of his favourite subjects Irish-U.K relationships and the unjust arrest of Bertie and his writings.
Next there is a hatchet job of R.E.M's "shiny happy people" which has his penchant (later done in more detail as Bubonique) for weird avant garde excursions.
Side 2 starts with a spoken piece about Mario Vargas Yoni with effects laden backing but he then finishes with 3 lovely ballads, his own "smiling" and 2 gorgeous covers, Scott Walker's "long about now" and Richard Thompson's "the great valerio".
In many ways a typical (if there is such a thing) Fatima Mansions album full of sweet and sour delights but never less than highly entertaining.
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