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Review-THE-QUIREBOYS-ST-CECILIA-AND-THE-GYPSY-SOUL-2015

THE QUIREBOYS - ST CECILIA AND THE GYPSY SOUL

OFF YER ROCKA | Release Date: March 30 2015

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Last year the Quireboys celebrated their 30th Anniversary with a series of festival dates, as well as electric and acoustic tours as well as releasing just what might have been their second best album in ‘Black-Eyed Sons’. For a band that traditionally has been less than prolific here we have a second album in two years and indeed a third in three!


Originally the new release was destined to be a collection of re-worked older songs with a few new acoustic numbers thrown in for the fans but the strength of the material apparently prompted second thoughts and the band decided to release a full set of new material. You can see why when you listen to album opener ‘Gracie B.’


As a fan of the band it’s a great start and whilst ‘Land of My Father’ that follows floats along in a familiar style, the sweet acoustic guitar is a nice counterpoint. The song itself is topped with a memorable chorus and whilst it never reaches the crescendo that you might have hoped for it’s nice to see the style further developed on ‘The Promise’ which follows the bar-room swing and Stones-like treatment of the title track.


Best here though is perhaps ‘Can’t Hide It Anymore’ which is odd as it features a lead vocal by Guy Griffin, it’s a song that makes you think of Bowie meets Bolan and has a kind of mournful ‘Spaceball Ricochet’ vibe  though with a certain smoothness that is more akin to Oasis in their most languid  moments.


The album takes a laid back turn with the rather generic ‘Out of Your Mind’ which probably would sound great electrified and with a faster tempo, but it’s a rather small misstep. ‘The Hurting Kind’ is interesting enough coming across like Isaac meets Waits in a soft bed of seventies singer-songwriter bedding. ‘Adaline’ adds that vintage Quireboys touch and the closing tracks round out the album in a similar mellow vibe.  ‘The Best are Not Forgotten’


Again as far as value for money goes the Quireboys come up trumps again with the release adding 3 additional CDs – One a reissue of the acoustic ‘Halfpenny Dancer’ from 1990 and two live ‘Halfpenny Dancer’ discs.  

 

 

 

by Mark Rockpit

 


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