Davie Furey sounds like a songwriter through and through. His pedigree is clear in his latest effort, ‘Haunted Streets’. Where some might fall flat in a Folk-Rock genre steeped in history, Furey shrewdly relies on a classic writing style and some musicianship from guests such as Steve Wickham (The Waterboys), Darren Holden (The High Kings) and ELLYD to impressively mark his territory.
Irish Folk-Rock, to the layman, may seem intimidating. Most people tend to think of a slow and trundling ballad sung by a trundling and slow dullard. However, Furey makes this idea completely forgettable, proving that authentic lyrics and emotive music is all that is needed to retain a listener’s attention.
For fans of Mark Knopfler, those who like something a bit more up-tempo, look no further than tracks Fire and Gold and The Final Frontier. And, for those looking for something more familiar, dip in to Secret Life for a warm and comforting lie down.
I reckon this album would be good for a hangover. Like a robust hug, it’ll keep you company. And, for when the headache gets a bit much and the tears begin to rise, let the beautifully crafted and delicately mixed ‘Haunted Streets’ allow the tear ducts to burst and the emotion run out. Lean in to the sadness with an album that sounds a bit like hope.
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Words by PJ Kimber
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