Entries for 'Celine O'Malley'
Originally published by Celine O'Malley on May 14, 2008
The Swell Season (live in the Uptown Theater, Kansas)
Review Snapshot: The music was great, the stories were not. Glen and The Frames were as remarkable as ever in their performance and still have what it takes to wow new audiences. Marketa added texture and a breath of fresh air to to the proceedings. Unfortunately Glen's involved stories and self indulgent ramblings detracted from what was otherwise a stellar Frames performance.
The Cluas Verdict? 7.5 out of 10
Full Review: I’m a long-time Frames fan, I admit it. I first saw them in Dolans in Limerick, circa 1995, during my halcyon college days. I’ve interviewed Glen and Colm and been to my fair share of Frames gigs in the intervening years. My slavish following has waned in recent times, so it was an unusual pleasure to find myself in Kansas City, Missouri on a Monday night with tickets to see Glen and Marketa, aka The Swell Season.
Upon walking into the Uptown Theater in Kans... [Read on]
Originally published by Celine O'Malley on May 09, 2008
A review of the album 'The Tiny Pieces Left Behind' by Joe Chester
Review Snapshot: The album overall left me cold. I was disappointed because it's always good to hear a new album from an Irish artist that is fresh and has the potential to wow, but I'm afraid that didn't happen for me here.
The Cluas Verdict? 5.5 out of 10
I admit, often to others' disdain, that I am a singer-songwriter fan. Rufus Wainwright, Sam Beam, Glen Hansard, Ryan Adams, Sufjan Stevens and many others count among my favourite singers. All have different styles but they each have a unique, strong voice and the ability to speak through their music. They're my trusted voices, and I'm always happy when I go back to their albums, any of them. Unfortunately Joe Chester is not going to find a place up there with them just yet, not with this album.
I came to Joe's new album with eager anticipation. I enjoyed 'Murder of Crows', Joe'... [Read on]