Tuesday, January 20, 2009

White Lies but not as you know it

What happens you mix the influences of Neil Young, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits and Ryan Adams with a childhood based with in Cork? Usually a poorly written blog, but in this case a treat for all singer/songwriter lovers in the form of Mick Flannery's second album "White Lies". An album which has garnered much local and national air-play through the pop driven beat of "Tomorrow's Papers" and as a result generated much interest in the shy Blarney stonemason.

The album belies the age Flannery with blues tinged songs covering a varied series of topics from a one night stand ("Goodbye") to world slowly consuming itself with violence ("Wait Here"). The album improves with every listen and this is really due to the quality of songwriting. The album opens with the stunning "Safety Rope" ("I want my innocence back, I want my confidence back, I don't want to feel like this no more") and just continues on an upwards spiral. This is the kind of album the alights the music scene and is destined to be an international seller

Currently touring Ireland, Mick plays De Barra's in Clonakilty 29-Jan. Even better live its a gig that shouldn't be missed. Here is an acoustic performance of "Wish You Well".