Curb Records - 2004 - minutes

'Live In Belfast' captures just a flavour of the wonderful interactive experience that is a Brian Kennedy show and, as live albums go, you can't get any closer to being there. With gags, audience feedback and sustained instrumentals, this album hauls you into the world of Irish music, even if you're not a Brian Kennedy fan.

The tracklisting is a mix of old Irish classics ('Danny Boy', 'Carrickfergus', 'I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen') and more recent material ('Crazy Love', 'A Better Man', 'Put The Message In The Box').

Kennedy's voice, as ever, is faultless. It is uniquely wide-ranging and his heavy accent adds a beautiful twist to the older songs. Lively and infectious, 'Live In Belfast' is a fabulous collection of varied tunes.

Linda McGee

Tracklisting CD 1: Now That I Know What I Want - For One Kiss - A Better Man - Town - The Curragh of Kildare - Margaret Barry Broke My Heart - Crazy Love/Have I Told You Lately - New York - Christopher Street - The Ballad of Killaloe - Danny Boy

Tracklisting CD 2: I'll Take You Home Again Kathleen - The Isle of Innisfree - Different God - Get On With Your Short Life - Only Love Can Break Your Heart - Put The Message In The Box - Captured/Dirty Old Town/Will Ye Go Lassie Go - So What If It Rains - Life, Love and Happiness - Carrickfergus - You Raise Me Up