Album Review - Patrick Clifford / Chance of A Start

Experiencing something new without expectations can sometimes reveal some surprising hidden depths.  This is a case in point. Chance of A Start by Patrick Clifford is an interesting album.  It's an accomplished piece of work with a full band sound that really gives some worthy reinterpretations of some familiar songs as well as some new ones.  It has an infectious catchy feel that leaves me wondering how to categorise it.  On self compositions like Pole to Pole and Don't Look Now there is the rocky Americana feeling of Darden Smith mixed in with Patrick's authentic voice that is somewhere between Dermot Hegaty and Johnny McEvoy.  Each of these rose above a mediocre country music scene in Ireland some years ago on the basis of a stellar voice that added something extra.  Patrick also has that something, and manages to mix his own musical vibe into a number of the tracks including standards like The Ferryman. Added to this are some traditional songs sung in sessions across the globe, The Auld Triangle and The Parting Glass. Check out The Parting Glass in particular as you will not have heard a full band version like this. Wonderful.  This could happily sit on a playlist with Darden Smith, Poco, Gram Parsons and that motley crew. With a band of musicians too long to mention, I still don't know which peg of the genre ladder to place him. That's a positive.

 

Listen & Buy : www.patrickclifford.com

 

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