Damien Dempsey - It's All Good: The Best OfSunday 16 Feb 2014
Label: Sony Music/Clear Records
Duration: 146 minutes
Old, new, borrowed and True Blue - the post-Christmas timing of Dempsey's Best Of is a little strange, but it's still a double (in) album with more meat on it than most of its current competition.
From opener It's All Good to closer You're the Cure, via the likes of Kilburn Stroll, Colony, Spraypaint Backalley, Maasai, A Rainy Night in Soho and The Rocky Road to Dublin, this journey through head and cityscapes offers as much in terms of character and sense of place on the 50th listen as the first. Time and again, Dempsey reminds that he is one of the keepers of the flame, even if that accolade doesn't sit easy with his humility.
As for the two tracks he premieres here, St Patrick's Brave Brigade and Happy Days suggest the coming decade will offer as many good stories as the past 15 years. While we wait for the book, hurry up with the next record.
Tracklisting: It's All Good - Sing Your Cares Away - Apple of My Eye - Kilburn Stroll - Canadian Geese - Not on Your Own Tonight - Patience - Chris and Stevie - Serious - Colony - Negative Vibes - Factories - Bustin Outta Here - Spraypaint Backalley - Party On - Maasai - How Strange - The Rocky Road to Dublin - Kelly from Killan/The Teetotaller - St Patrick's Brave Brigade - A Rainy Night in Soho - The Auld Triangle - The Ghosts of Overdoses - Your Pretty Smile - I've No Alibi - Almighty Love - Beside the Sea - Happy Days - You're the Cure