Catchy Tunes, Inspired Singing highlight Irish release
Pogue Mahoney [sic]
| || Publication: Scripps Howard
News Service, Courier Times Wire Service |
Date Printed: March 28, 1996
By: Joe Rassenfoss
It's hard to imagine anyone not enjoying this Irish band's high-octane,
"How Come" establishes
a trend we can all get behind: Catchy tune, inspired singing from Spider
Stacey and just the right mix of traditional (pipes, banjo, accordion) and
modern (guitars, drums) instruments.
The result's a sound that will set your body in motion - if you can keep
up with the band's madcap pace on the like os "Amadie,"
based on the dark tale of an American cajun singer rendered voiceless by
It's not all pell mell, as the ballads "Pont
Mirabeau" and "Anniversary"
illustrate. And check out the heartfelt lyrics on the latter: no moon-June-spoon
bunch, this lot.
And while the band truly deserves a nod for its wonderful playing, Stacy
(the band's third vocalist in its decade-plus existence) helps seperate
it from the masses with a soulful voice that can sound at turns like Randy
Newman on amphetamines or Bob Dylan ("Living
in a World Without Her").
The Pogues may have undergone a variety of personnel changes in recent years,
but "Pogue Mahoney" [sic] (a Gaelic expression that mirrors the
band's cheeky approach) has the sound of a band firm in its convictions.
Copyright 1996, Scripps Howard News Service, Courier Times
Joe Rassenfoss is a reporter at the Rocky Mountain News in Denver.
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