Lakota - 2005 - 53 minutes

How fitting that summer should end with a record that will always remind people of it. With seven members and a sound that features everything from turntables to acoustic guitars and five different vocalists, 8 Ball are one of those rare big bands who succeed with the 'more is more' approach. Here they map out their own special space and turn in a hazy, beguiling debut which is a contender for Irish album of the year.

Both bluster and filler-free, it's one of those long records that turns out to be too short, where each track is as strong as what went before and the quality of the songwriting hooks from the outset.

Fans of the low-key jam will rub their headphones with glee throughout, but 8 Ball also show their talent with laidback pop on the likes on 'Dudley Street' and 'Been and Gone'.

There's no doubt bigger things lie ahead; better will be a very tall order.

Harry Guerin

Tracklisting: Fear I'm Falling - Dudley Street - Been and Gone - Strange Boy - How Many Times - Bird - In Theory - Which Ways Down - End Up - If U Must - The Whoop Whoop Song - [ ]