I have to say that the big surprise for me is how much i like this album. It got a lot of play over the summer in the van.
What with most of Holloway Blvd's writing credits reading McGuiness/McManamon, i thought it wasn't going to fly without the late Tom McManamon. And to be sure, this is not the same band at all that put out Holloway Blvd - it's Paul McGuiness & a new group. The sound is different. It's way less trad, way more rock - more Thin Lizzy than Pogues, perhaps, but i really like it.
I mean, they would do without some of those back up vocals (a bit stupidly over the top on "Back In YOur Heart", "Crucified" & "Boys Don't Cry") and McGuiness is certainly no MacGowan when it comes to writing a lyric (but who is?) I think "Black is the Colour" is fantastic. And "Raw", which i had heard as a demo and was not overly impressed, turned out stunning - sounds like it could have come off a Ron Kavana album. I mean, there's a couple of stinkers ("Crucified" Paul, really? Did we need that? And "Back In Your Heart" sounds like it wants to be on AM radio) but overall i was expecting disapointment & was plesantly surprised.
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Great great album. One of the more pleasantly surprising releases I bought in 2009 (and I buy a lot of music). I still give it a regular spin now and then. I hope they will keep on making great records, but on a more regular basis and hope to catch them live sometime soon.