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Bap Kennedy’s solo career has been distinguished by fruitful partnerships with the brightest and best. His 1998 solo debut, Domestic Blues, was produced by Steve Earle, who has hailed the Belfast-based artist as “the best songwriter I ever heard.” After Lonely Street (2000), a tribute to two of Kennedy’s childhood musical heroes, Hank Williams and Elvis Presley, he ... Read more in Amazon's Bap Kennedy Store

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  • Audio CD (May 19, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: E Squared
  • ASIN: B000006OW9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,889 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Long Time A Comin'
2. The Way I Love Her
3. Unforgiven
4. Domestic Blues
5. I've Fallen In Love
6. Vampire
7. Angel Is The Devil
8. The Backroom
9. Mostly Water
10. The Ghosts Of Belfast
11. My Money
12. The Shankill And The Falls

Editorial Reviews

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Halfway through Domestic Blues, Bap Kennedy confides "I've Fallen in Love" in as sweet a declaration as you'll ever hear. More often, though, he obsesses over all the domestic partners who're going or already gone. With a Dylanish snarl, he begs their forgiveness, regrets his mistakes, even warns, "I've got to get out of this house before I hurt you." He calls his lovers vampires and devils, says he's well off rid of them. But mainly, whether he's country-rocking like co-producer Steve Earle, copping a Stonesy strut, or updating older acoustic twangs with alt-country drive, he just prays one of these women will come back. Can't say if they will or not, but I do know all this obsessing makes for one of the year's best. --David Cantwell

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[T]his Belfaster has made a winning solo debut album.... -- Entertainment Weekly

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The love songs are very moving and sincere.
Johnny Roulette
"Dream of you" is a great song from this excellent album.
WillyvR
Great production by Ray Kennedy and Steve Earle.
Jordan Jones

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 14, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This album is like a combination of Bob Dylan and John Prine. It's got a clean, acoustic sound, excellent vocals and nice lyrics. I am looking forward to more music from this artist.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Johnny Roulette on December 11, 1999
Format: Audio CD
On this cd, Bap Kennedy reminds me of an Irish Steve Earle, only smoother. It was released on Steve's E2 label & Steve plays on many of the songs. It wouldn't matter though. Bap Kennedy deserves full credit for this absolute masterpiece. The songwriting is incredible. There isn't a dud to be found. Musically, its roots are derived from a country-folk base with an Irish flavor. There is a good cover of Earle's "Angel Is The Devil", which is actually the best version of the song. You won't want to miss the hidden track either. It's a cover of the Irish/Pogues song "Dirty Old Town", on which Steve & Bap trade verses. The contrast is humorous, but it works! "Mostly Water" is perhaps the highlight, displaying Kennedy's wit. The love songs are very moving and sincere. If you like Steve Earle, then buy this. If you don't, then buy it anyway! In a year that saw the release of Lucinda Williams' "Car Wheels On A Gravel Road", this recored more than holds up as desrving a share of the top record of the year(and of most others). Domestic Blues is truly beautiful. To steal a line from Roky Erickson, it flatters everything that's good.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 3, 1999
Format: Audio CD
If you like the Steve Earle CD Train a Comin' then you'll love this Bap Kennedy CD. The dobro work of Jerry Douglas is alone worth the price, as is Junior Husky's bass (one of his last recordings). Bap is just a "too cool" Irish country singer with a heartfelt voice and lyrics that are simple and clear. This is also a great CD to play guitar along with if you're into that sort of thing - polish your chops with the best!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 20, 1999
Format: Audio CD
...picked this one up after standing at a store listening station and have listened to it repeatedly. Boy, has this one really grown on me. Although the songs seem simply written with few chords, that's a deceptive description- the songs are earthy, gritty, memorable, human, lusty, longing. I highly recommend this CD . I'm teaching myself to play most of these songs. Give it a chance, and play it over and over. You'll sing along, feeling connected to old and young, to history. Great band.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Starhead on June 23, 2000
Format: Audio CD
Bap Kennedy has made an album that feels great, sounds great, and tastes great too! That magical combination of songs & acoustic instruments... raw and clean at the same time. There aren't many albums this good and this well hidden. If you are even a little curious you'll like it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 3, 1998
Format: Audio CD
An excellent album that I've been listening to everyday for weeks now. Simple(but excellent) acoustic music with great lyrics delivered by a voice that is rough enough to convince any listener that Kennedy has lived through the things he sings about. Cross Bob Dylan, Steve Earle and the Pogues and you've almost got it. The album feels very American in its roots but with an excellent Irish toughness and perspective.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Boy am I glad I picked this up! Great lyrics and execution. I've lent this out to numerous friends and everyone reports back very favorably. I can definetly hear Steve's influence, as the trangtrust produces and Steve plays guitar on every cut. Bap needs to tour in the States!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 12, 1999
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This is simply a great cd. It's one of those that will just keep finding its way into your cd player. Kennedy is great to listen to. All of the musicians in the E-squared corral are in top form. And the lyrics are intelligent and universal. Buy it.
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