Sea of No Cares
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Among the rock songs are the guitar-and-drums-dominated "Sea of No Cares" ("you threw your fears/ in the sea of no cares"); poppish and fast-paced "Penelope" which is quite similar to their earlier song "Seagulls," although a bit more personal and precise; the fast-paced (faster and faster?) "Stumbling In," and more. The ballads include the more poignant "Clearest Indication," ("what am I supposed to do/give me the clearest indication/I'm not alone with you"); the traditional "Scolding Wife" which harkens back to earlier works with all the guys singing, the bodhran and the accordion; the poignantly-written "Widow in the Window, the toe-tapping, traditional-sounding "French Perfume," and others.
There's more of an electronic edge to this album rather than simply the instruments being used for rock music. Whether you like this will probably depend on your tastes, and what you like best about Great Big Sea's music. The usual instruments -- bodhran, drums, accordion, mandola -- are still quite present, and the songs are pure Great Big Sea.
This album is a bit of a step out of what they've done before, but "Sea of No Cares" remains a fantastic bit of Celtrock, with memorable songs and fantastic singing. A wonderful bit of music, a mix of the traditional and the modern. Swim in the "Sea!"
While the album is fantastic, someone new to the group may want to start with _Turn_, which is a slightly stronger album overall.
You can't fault the boys for putting a few tracks on this CD that scream for radio play, but it disturbed me how slickly produced and how much of the raw energy and power were edited out of these songs. "Sea of No Cares" and "Clearest Indication" are certainly catchy tunes, but they almost sound like a page from the Corrs music library. "Penelope" is a simple (and maybe too blatant) re-working of the theme from "Seagulls." The less said about "Widow in the Window" the better. Most of the traditional arrangements on the CD are very good with "Scolding Wife" probably coming out on top. I am disappointed that "Own True Way" is the only original score that seemed to have much of GBS apparent. I was hoping for another "Ordinary Day" or "Consequence Free." I missed the really hard and fast tune like "Mari-Mac" or "The Night Pat Murphy Died" as I was hoping to sing at the top of my lungs and work up a sweat getting jiggy with it. I also missed the acoustic harmony song (which has always been one of the best on their previous releases), and didn't think the CD should have wrapped up with the instrumental piece. I was taken aback when the songs just ended abruptly with no big finish like "Jolly Roving Tar" or "Bad As I Am." This CD seemed VERY short.
Don't get me wrong, I love these guys more than any other band past or present, and this is a good set, but it isn't the best. I would suggest picking up "Play" or "Road Rage" to supplement the tunes found here. I'll enjoy this piece for what it is and wait with bated breath for the next offering.
"Clearest Indication" is a standout ballad, and reminded me of the heartbreaking tune "How Did We Get From Saying I Love You" from the band's PLAY album. "Sea of No Cares," "A Boat Like Gideon Brown," and "Own True Way" rank among the best songs in their impressive catalog. And anyone who's ever been married (as in the past tense) will find it impossible not to laugh (and soon sing along) with "Scolding Wife."
Of the twelve tunes here, only one, "Widow in the Window," didn't do much for me. Otherwise, a solid album from a talented bunch of guys who just keep getting better with time.
ALSO RECOMMENDED: UP (their best) and the live album ROAD RAGE.
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