Album Review - Aodán Coyne / If We Only Knew

Aodán Coyne has stepped out of the shadow of Socks in the Frying Pan to deliver a solo project with a fresh, clean sound.
His vocal and guitar work are impressive and the whistle and pipes of Sean McCarthy add an important layer to the arrangements. In addition John Bridge provides bass and Niall Preston adds bodhrán on some of the tracks. 

Vocally there is a growing maturity and honesty to his delivery. Songs like Workers Song by Dick Gaughan are instilled with a depth of interpretive spirit that is critical to such material.  Failing to find new expression for such well-travelled songs can be the death of an album, but Aodán manages to navigate successfully through those waters. The inclusion of a couple of his own songs including Time is Short But Free further demonstrates an artist in search of new territory with new material that is strong both lyrically and musically. He is not the fully finished product yet, but at a relatively young age he packs quite a punch on this sharp, crisp and refreshing release.

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Comment by Therese McInerney on March 18, 2015 at 19:48
My favourite album this year, well done Aodán. Can't wait to hear more of your own compositions, they are my favourite in the album #track2 xx

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