Dublin Records - 2004 - 46 minutes

This self-released covers notebook's first page is probably its best. It's a cover of 'Haunt Me', a song which was first performed by one of David Kitt's sometime backing musicians, Richie Egan, in his solo project, Jape. With a wonderfully catchy, singalong chorus, 'Haunt Me' has the same comforting, reassuring tone and simple style that we first warmed to on Kittser's bedroom studio debut, 'Small Moments'.

'All Night Long' is the one new David Kitt song on the album. It's a drinking ballad of the sort you could imagine The Dubliners or Shane MacGowan intoning. It tells the story of a session that continues from late night to early morning drinking, and ends up with the song's heroes feeling decidedly shaky on a train home amidst rush hour commuters. It also features what is probably the first mention of the smoking ban in recorded music.

Unfortunately, the chorus is repetitive and annoying, and the track ends with a crazed fuzz out featuring ominous strings and what sounds like a wah-wah pedal. Perhaps that was the hangover. Kitt's audible laughter at the end says it all.

The rest of the album features David Kitt's take on eight songs from many different styles, some of which he already plays in his live set. Everything from rap to reggae to REM to The Beatles is included, though it is predictably a hit-and-miss endeavour. At times, the listener gets the impression that Kitt is playing for his own enjoyment and not ours. 

These kinds of releases do strange things to an act's chart performance. After the initial fan rush to buy the complete waste of money that is Damien Rice's 'B-Sides', the brief compilation is now languishing in the twenties while the three-year-old surprise hit album that spawned it, 'O', is back riding high around the Top 5. Don't be surprised if this record, ultimately a fan-only purchase, does something similar to David Kitt's back catalogue.

Bill Lehane

Tracklisting: Haunt Me (Jape) - All Night Long (David Kitt) - Never Stop (Money Mark) - Magnolia (JJ Cale) - Teenage Riot (Sonic Youth) - Dancing In The Moonlight (Thin Lizzy) - And Your Bird Can Sing (The Beatles) - Going In A Field (Ivor Cutler) - Don't Go Back To Rockville (REM) - Pressure Drop (Toots & The Maytals)