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No, it's not "Rant and Roar or "Turn", those are five-star efforts, but this CD is deserving of four stars when put alongside past GBS releases. However, when compared to the usual schtick one finds on the radio dial, it IS a 5-star disc.
As for them selling out, it seems the fella who often fronts many of the traditional sea shanties has left the band and that is perhaps why GBS decided to go with just two traditional tunes. After all these years, what's so bad about them getting a little Bare Naked Ladies-type of recognition? They've earned it and I hope they achieve it.
One more thing, I saw them live for the first time on March 15th and they were spectacular. Anyone worried that the traditionals would take a back seat in their live shows need not worry. The new stuff sounded great also and "Lucky you, Lucky Me" was a perfect ode to the audience in one of their encores.
For fans and GBS and novies alike, I recommend getting this CD and I HIGHLY recommend seeing them live, you won't be disappointed.
Starting off on the right foot is "Shines Right Through Me," followed by rounds of deliciously bouncy rockers like the catchy "When I Am King," the thumping "Beat the Drum," and trite but amusing "Love." But a quieter sensibility shines through in the gentle "Something Beautiful" and sweetly romantic "Summer," and their pub-crawler humor bounces out in the rollicking "Helmethead." The album finishes off on a traditional note with the danceable instrumental "Chafe's Celidh."
Great Big Sea strayed from their old sound in their last release, "Sea of No Cares," going more toward a typical electric-guitar sound than their usual blend of rock and fun Celtic music. Here they're back in fine form, presenting the sort of songs that you'd expect to hear on a Saturday night, as pubcrawlers dance on the tables.
The music is well-rounded, and polished with long experience. The guys effortlessly juggle the guitar, fiddle, accordian, and banjo with slightly more exotic instruments like the bodhran, the bouzouki, the mandola, and little whistles and pipes. It's mostly acoustic, although it is tainted with a few electric riffs and flourishes that sound out of place, like the harder-edged opener of "Shine Right Through Me."
Alan Doyle's voice is a little rough, but full and lively. He can wistfully murmur ballads and roar out hilarious songs about falling in love with all the wrong girls.Read more ›
A pre-release review (elsewhere) suggested that new producer Michael Phillip Wojewoda is trying to turn GBS into another Barenaked Ladies, with whom the producer has been associated. And while this may be an uncomfortable thought to true GBS fans, there may be something to this idea: Both bands were heroes in their homeland for years, with a string of first-rate albums, long before acheiving mainstream success in the U.S. I don't think the decrease in "traditional" music on their albums means GBS is selling out to find a wider audience. But if it takes a different approach to let more people know about this GREAT band, it's a small price to pay. And hey, isn't their "pop" material still better than most stuff on the Top 40 stations? Sure it is...go ahead and buy this one.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this GBS album so much that I bought a copy for my father. He loved it too. I can't imagine anyone not loving GBS and I wouldn't even know of them if it weren't for my... Read morePublished on February 28, 2012 by Jacqueline
I received exactly what I ordered before Christmas. Excellent! It's a great CD. Irish-type/celtic alternative music. Interesting :)Published on January 17, 2010 by Rachel Ann Schuler
This is the 5th GBS CD I have purchased. I love it. There are fewer traditional songs, but that's ok because I also have Rant and Roar. Read morePublished on December 6, 2008 by AdoptAGreyhound
This is, hands down, my favorite Great Big Sea album. As a long-time fan who has always preferred their original songs to their traditional ones, this album just hits the spot. Read morePublished on May 14, 2008 by E. Richards
Agreed, there is a lack of traditional fare, but the rock feel of this album is far from unwelcome. To me, this is their strongest album to date. Read morePublished on March 3, 2008 by NYC critic
Personally, I call them the "Goofy Newfies", because of their quirky humor and rocked out take on the trads. They're definitely back on their game with this CD. Read morePublished on July 25, 2007 by R. Kyle