Almighty Love Deluxe Version. The Rocky Road feat. To Hell or Barbados. Live at the Olympia. Seize the Day. Serious Live at Iveagh Gardens. Christy Moore. Glen Hansard. The Wolfe Tones. The Pogues. The Dubliners. Gerry Cinnamon. What if I don't like it as much as the other albums? What if he's lost it? What if, what if, what if I poured the wine and lit a cigarette, as I always do when confronted with my nerves.
I was actually trembling as I pushed the play button on Elaine's CD player. Just as he had that night at Vicars Street, well over a year ago now, Damien begins Shots with his acoustic guitar, no other accompaniment.
Elaine and I looked right into each others clouding eyes and grinned uncontrollable grins. There was nothing to worry about, it was Damien Dempsey for crying out loud. I felt like a smack head taking his first shot in far too long. I was warm and comforted, but simultaneously my skin was freezing and it's hairs were standing to attention. My mind was in a frenzy of excitement. I don't even love people as much as I love this. A song that tells the stories of Mary an alcoholic, "hiding bottles around the house" , Michael unemployed, and "finds it hard some days to dress" , Stevie "consumed by rage, like his Father at his age" , Rita "a struggling single mother" , Joey a recovering heroin addict, "he gets bored out of his mind" and Maggie crippled by a joy riding incident "but she's always got a smile.
It's a million miles away from empty optimism, it's harsh and it's even lonely. As if the singer himself isn't convinced that we do grow stronger from it all. But maybe, just maybe, if he sings it just that bit harder, it will all come good. The might of Dempsey's right hand, tearing into his guitar is tougher than any Marshall stacked Metal I've ever heard.
John Reynolds' exacting drumming punctuates and rolls the song along in equal measure. The pipes, whistles and flutes This one song alone makes this the greatest album ever made.
Following Sing All Your Cares Away is a beauty of a song that I had begun to worry was condemned to never seeing a release. One of the many live performances included in the documentary is Not On Your Own Tonight , a beautiful example of Dempsey at his most intense.
But somehow managing to avoid the song becoming his solitary experience, to say that Not On Your Own Tonight is generous is a major understatement. Featuring hardly any other instrumentation beyond the Man and his voice it paints images of an isolated existence, not caring for the city he lives in and it not caring for him. The song acts as an olive branch to any lone soul that feels as he does, "If you feel real bad, then you're not on your own tonight".
Mutual reticence, if such a thing can exist, will chase away the ghosts, that's how I hear it at any rate. I once read a review of a rare Dempsey solo show in London. The reviewer took umbrage with Damien's optimism, thinking it trite. Review Snapshot: Damien Dempsey's new album "Shots" sees him move towards the mainstream with more melody and less anger.
But the honest lyrics and strong social themes are still there and that's what makes it an album worth listening to. Full review: Damien Dempsey's music seems to divide people into "either love it or hate it" camps.
He's certainly not background music and the lyrics clearly enunciated in his Dublin accent cannot be ignored. His live performances are renowned, as his powerful voice gets full reign.
Shots by Damien Dempsey. To Hell or Barbados by Damien Dempsey. Live at the Olympia by Damien Dempsey. Seize the Day by Damien Dempsey. Similar artists. Christy Moore 13 fans. Glen Hansard 48 fans. The Wolfe Tones 5 fans. The Pogues 69 fans. The Dubliners 29 fans. Gerry Cinnamon 18 fans. Luke Kelly 7 fans. The album Shots contains ten tracks and is fifty minutes in length. The album debuted on the Irish Albums Chart at No. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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