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Young Dubliners, 9 (YD Records)




Young Dubliners, 9 (YD Records)
Cd Reviews 3/13

03/13/14
By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



Given this Los Angeles band’s name and stated genre, I’m a bit surprised that I had to sit through four songs before a little anatomically correct Celtic-rock showed up (“Seeds of Sorrow”) in all its tin-whistle-and-fiddle vibe, and for this reason I’d be doing a disservice by lumping them in with Dropkick Murphys, let alone Gaelic Storm and guys like that. Nothing on here is as jig-inducing as “Rocky Road to Dublin” or any of their older stuff, although “Fall” and “Abhainn Mor” come close; it’s as though some microorganism in the L.A. water is compelling them to focus more and more on disposable hard-rock, which takes up most of the record. One can pinpoint this band’s dwindling interest in itself to 1999, when guitarist Randy Woolford left and former Lord of the Dance drummer Gary Sullivan bounced after a short stint. There’s very little good news — “Up in the Air” is particularly puzzling, comprising an ‘80s dance beat with an on-the-phone patch on the vocals. “Rain” would almost qualify for the ren-faire space if it weren’t so hokey, like Mumfords after listening to too much bluegrass.  Quite the fail overall, like watching an ‘80s-rock VH1 special interrupted by Flogging Molly commercials. C — Eric W. Saeger

 





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