March 18th 2013

Playlist - March 18th 2013

A LIST

LET HER GO - PASSENGER

DON’T SAVE ME - HAIM

HELLO - PICTUREHOUSE

VAGABOND - EDDIE READER

IT’S A BEAUTIFUL DAY - MICHAEL BUBLE

JUST A FEW HOURS - JULIE FEENEY

THE STARS (ARE OUT TONIGHT) - DAVID BOWIE

WHEN YOU REALLY LOVE SOMEONE - AGNETHA

GOTTA GET OVER - ERIC CLAPTON FEAT CHAKA KHAN

WE NEED ELVIS BACK -  KATMEN

HAUNTED HOUSE - MIKE DENVER  

 

B LIST

JOY TO YOU BABY - JOSH RITTER

UPSIDE DOWN - RYAN SHERIDAN

WAY BACK THEN - DONNA DUNNE

GREEN GARDEN - LAURA MVULA

WHEN I WAS YOUR MAN - BRUNO MARS

UP ON THE ROOF - JACK L

IF I HAD A HEART - ANDY BURROWS

BAD FAITH - THE HARD GROUND

NO FREEDOM -  DIDO

SAVING THE GOOD STUFF FOR YOU - RICHARD THOMPSON

Recommended Listening

Pat Byrne – All or Nothing (Irish)

Runaway Go – This Is Real (Irish)

McMahon – Deep Down (Irish)

Niall Toner – Judge And Jury (Irish)

Album of The Week:Lumiere- My Dearest Dear’

 

There comes that moment when you hear voices that transcend whatever occupies your mind as they wash away thwy present and

beckon you into the tales they tell. That’s precisely what happens with Lumiere – I’m pleased to say that their new album ‘My Dearest Dear’ ensures that feeling continues. The first impression as always is the purity of the voices - Éilís Kennedy and Pauline Scanlon – individually they are alluring, together they are entrancing. Then as you’re immersed in their instinctive and organic interpretations of songs sung in Gaelic and English, you know that you’re being treated to a dazzling slice of the Irish female tradition.From the softly hypnotic title track, ‘My Dearest Dear’ through a charismatic rendering of the deeply melancholic ballad ‘The Wind That Shakes the Barley’ to the melodic and sensuous ‘The Silver Tassie’ the overwhelming beauty of this album utterly soothes and seduces. There’s also a stunning version of Dandy Denny’s ‘Who Knows Where The Time Goes’ – Lumiere with guest Sinéad O’Connor, make this already moving observation of questioning time’s capricious sanctuary even more evocative. There are three songs in the Irish language, ‘Bó na Leathairce’ (The One Horned Cow) ‘Cailín Deas Crúite na mBó’ (The Pretty Maid Milking the Cows) and ‘Samhradh’ (Summer) - and should you do not understand the tongue, fear not, just bathe in the sound of exquisite voices. ‘My Dearest Dear’ also includes a breathtaking cover of Suzanne Vega’s ‘The Queen and The Soldier’ with its messages of futility and conflict.

Listening to Lumiere you hear the song and the singers become one. The songs treat you to age-old themes, images of beauty, reminders of the past, hallowed memories, intense struggle and re-imagined history. Here are themes as relevant and meaningful today as they ever were, delivered through captivating vocals and faultless harmonies.

‘My Dearest Dear’ releases 22 March in Ireland and to the rest of the world 25 March 2013. If there’s one album that will endure throughout this year, this is it.

Reviewer: Tim Carroll

 

 

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