Bap Kennedy: Howl On

~ Monday, 13 July 2009
The former Energy Orchard front man has had his fair shares of ups and downs, but he has consistently produced classic albums that should have gained him far more recognition than they did. This album sees him go in a far more country direction than with previous work, calling upon his childhood obsession with all thing American and the Moon Landings in particular.

Opening track America (see we told you), is a slice of Latin tinged Americana with a soft melody while Cold War Country Blues moves into bluegrass territory and features some nifty Dobro slide along side some strong political comment.

The cover of Hey Joe is an inspired choice with a skiffle beat and some dirty guitar licks thrown in for good measure. Kennedy's voice is as distinctive as ever, warm and comforting, like an old uncle telling you bedtime stories.

While not every track grabs you straight away, like Brave Captain and Ballad of Neil Armstrong, there are enough gems here in Irish Moon, The Blue One and The Heart of Universal Love to make this an album worth having.

Not as instant as 2005's The Big Picture, but it's growing on me.

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