Bright Star Recordings - 2002 - 32 minutes

The second release from Dubliner Alan Kelly under the name The Last Post is a marriage of convenience between romantic melodies and lush orchestration. After the demise of his former band, In Motion, Kelly self-released a couple of seven inches on the Via Dolorosa label before signing with Northern Irish label Bright Star Recordings (also home to The Reindeer Section) for the release of his debut album 'Love Lost'.

As The Last Post, his brand of sophisticated pop owes a debt to sixties greats such as Phil Spector and Brian Wilson. Layering strings and horns with drums and harmonised vocals, Kelly creates lavish yet still-intimate arrangements. Although the lyrics can sometimes veer towards naivety, with fellow Dublin musician David Kitt guesting on stand-out track 'Only Thing That Eases The Pain' and sweetly pitched harmonies from Aoife O'Leary throughout, Kelly's grand vision remains intact.

Late night listening from a fragile world.

Caroline Hennessy

Tracklisting: Something Tells Me (You'd Be Good For Me) - Only Thing That Eases The Pain - The Gold Rush - Waiting - You've Got It All - The Midday Sun - Can't Wait 'Til Tomorrow - Change - Good Things Don't Last For Long - The Long Distance - Its All Over…