Throw away the Prozac
and run off to the green hills of Ireland
with the Pogues.
These zesty lads play music that is peppy, heartfelt and fun. If the tunes
don't have you dancing around the maypole in record time, go ahead and jump
off that bridge because you're already dead.
The Pogues play Irish folk rock that is like no other, and Pogue Mahone
does not disappoint. With tight instrumentation and zippy melodies, the
group succeeds once again in bringing a touch of the Irish to American ears.
While none of the songs are as delightful as the group's 1993 single, "Tuesday
Morning," there are still many fantastic pieces of ear candy.
Standouts include "Where
That Love's Been Gone," with its melancholic refrain of "Sometimes
I wonder who's making love to you now" and the plaintive, "How
The only low points are the dull "Anniversary"
and the overly intense "Oretown."
While these tunes aren't very interesting, they're still a head above much
of the garbage heard on American radio these days.
Pogue Mahone does have quieter moments. One can easily imagine sitting
on a hillside in lreland, watching the sun come up while listening to the
romantic strains of "Love
You `Till The End" or "The
Sun and The Moon."
More traditional tunes, such as "Living
In A World Without Her" and "When
The Ship Comes In," make me want to stock up on cider and throw
an Irish party. Beg, borrow or steal -- get this album at any price. I'm
calling up TWA
to see how much tickets to Ireland cost.
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Cougar (Houston University)
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