I’s St. Patrick’s Day, so I’ve decided to big up an underated Irish artist.
And it’s a joy. It’s rather unusual for an album to be all killer, no filler, but each of these tracks could be a radio friendly stormer (in an Adult Contemporary – ugh – sort of way).
It’s very difficult to find fault with this record. Each track on first listen seems polite enough and everything chugs along nicely, but then out come the hooks. Every track has at least two memorable hooks (which makes at least 20 hooks, about 18 more than on Bell X1’s last album -only joking, love your work, darlings).
His voice too is rather good. He holds back most of the time, but does let loose on the closing track, Anyway (PS: Robbie Williams, when you’re done with Tin Tin, record this and let Señor Chester retire on the proceeds). It’s odd to think that such a strong vocal could come from such a skinny guy (from the pics I’ve seen, he looks like he could do with a breakfast roll or two).
Speaking of Anyway, that track is a good example of the rich, warm sound on the album. And seeing as JC’s day job is as a producer, fair enough. The whole thing sounds like it was recorder in California with squillions of dollars (rather than in Wexford). I’m sorry I mentioned California now, because you may think of The Thrills, but JC is like a grown up, better produced Thrills with a merciful lack of annoying accents.
The album was nominated for the Choice Music Prize 2006 for best Irish album. The top prize went to Julie Feeney‘s 13 Songs, which is very good too, but I think Joe wuz robbed. But perhaps you should judge for yourself.
I’m posting a link to How You Wish, You Feel, a track that JC is himself shring in his MySpace page (I hope he doesn’t mind). It’ll give you a good idea of what to expect. And if you like it, but the album. It’s also beautifully packaged (is there anything he can’t do? 🙂 ).