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Listen - to a man at the top of his game!,
This review is from: Listen (Audio CD)
In a world where songwriters get all the kudos, 'interpretors' can easily be overlooked or underrated. Christy Moore can write songs, make no mistake about it, but there are very few artistes that can take another's song and make it their own in the way he can.
This is a gorgeous album: well produced, full of great songs and featuring some stunning performances.
The usual Christy mix is here: a lolloping humourous number (Ballad of Ruby Walsh); a few songs of quiet indignation (Does This Train Stop on Merseyside?, Duffy's Cut and The Disapperared); and some sublime melodies and singing (Listen, China Waltz, Barrowland, John O Dreams).
Much of the focus on this release has been around the inclusion of Pink Floyd's Shine On You Crazy Diamond, which is understandble and a shame. Understandable because it is not an obvious choice and because Christy adds so much Moore to the original. A shame because despite being so sublime it isn't the highlight of the album; it fits seamlessly in with the rest of the tracks.
As with recent live performances Declan Sinnot gets to sing a song (I Will) and the album closes with a brilliant live version of Rory Is Gone, featuring some great guitar work from Sinnot.
If you have enjoyed the last few Christy Moore albums, don't hesitate: buy this. If you are a newcomer, give it a try. Sit back and listen to an album that will soothe your soul.