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Grada - The Landing Step
Posted by Play.com Reviewer, 23/02/2008 08:02:53
Whereas most Celtic bands opt for the tried and tested formula of starting with a blazing set of instrumentals Grada go instead for a song featuring their lead vocalist Anne Marie O'Malley. Now, I'm not saying that I'm disappointed but there's something I'm not too sure about with regard to the vocals. Although Anne Marie has a pleasant enough tone - it's not distinctive in say a Mary Black or Dolores Keane kind of way. Having said that it does suit the sympathetic arrangements of acoustic accompaniment the other members provide. I was really looking forward to receiving this album as I thought here's some fresh blood that might stir my feelings in much the same way that it did when I first heard The Bothy Band but ultimately it's an album that is far more mute. That's not to say the music delivered is anything other than sickeningly well played and the production by Trevor Hutchinson is clear as a bell it's just that it lacks that bit of oomph. The layers of instruments featuring Alan Doherty (flutes & whistles), Gerry Paul (guitars & bouzouki), Brendan O'Sullivan (fiddle & viola) and Andrew Laking's double bass can get into a funky groove on 'Seven Of Eight' but it is perhaps the bowed bed of Laking's bass on 'All In One Day' that will clinch it for the band for aural listening pleasure. Another colour texture provided by guest Bill Blackmore's trumpets on the track 'Shock On' could prove an interesting direction for the band to look at. This may not be quite the album that I was hoping for but the signs are good and I look forward to following their progress.
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