Dubliner Eamonn O’Connor is the brains behind Lucky Bones and the de-facto songwriter of the band. I came to this album not knowing much about them and reviewed it with a generous sense of anticipation in discovering genius, brilliance or diversity.
However, what I got from the first six songs with one exception, the excellent Frank Sinatra who lets face it is always great, was mediocrity, as represented in the title track Together We Are All Alone, stereotypical arrangements as in Toward The Setting Sun and an ear for a bland chorus in the Costello/Psychedelic Furs influenced Longshot. Stand So Tall is more interesting but only if you like Al Stewart but Heavy Load does have a somewhat enjoyable melancholy that grows on you.
Then came track seven and what appears to be a different album. Summer Nights Eruption goes all electro like Eno and the Edge and gives the album a sense of fresh perspective. Magnificent Mistake is beautiful, authentic Irish tinged Americana and leads on to contender for best song on the album Unbelieving Eyes, a tale of injustice and one arguably, that is finally sung with conviction. This track alone shows signs of greatness and of lyrical depth which is alas missing from much of the first half of the album. Commercial Presentation carries on this optimism for brilliance and is my favourite track, being a million miles away from the homogeny of the title track. Final track Alice is wonderful, showing signs and influence of fellow Irish band Villagers.
Many of the songs on the first half of this record could be O'Connor's most heartfelt feelings but I review this first and foremost as a critic, a consumer and most importantly, a first time listener. It could be said that this album would maybe be better served repackaged as a seven track EP, as many of the first half songs arguably wouldn’t travel well outside of Ireland. However there is genius, brilliance and diversity in here, it just needs the fat cut away to get to the bones.
Review by Captain Dhilin Kunderan