4 STAR MINESWEEPING REVIEW FROM THE DAILY MIRROR
MINESWEEPING REVIEW FROM THE INDEPENDENT
Download: Like a Wave Breaks on a Rock; Call A Cab Cinderella;It Was the Sweetest Thing, Hangover Me
On Minesweeping, Alabama 3’s Larry Love and Brendan O’Connell pursue the roots Anglo-American path explored on 2006’s Ghost Flight.
It’s an album of farewells, fallen angels and fond billets doux. Over circular guitar arpeggios and accordion, death-row inmates are counselled in Like a Wave Breaks on a Rock while an addict is offered encouragement in Come on Boy.
Sweeter trysts are considered in duets with Buffy Sainte-Marie, on Shake Off Your Shoes, and Rumer, joining Love in search of “bad company” in Hangover Me.
Echoes of I Shall Be Released haunt another liaison in the country-soul ballad It Was the Sweetest Thing, one of the most effective vehicles for Love’s Lanegan-like wounded baritone.
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With a little help from guest vocalists, the album features many tracks that are instantly likable.
Like A Wave Breaks On A Rock has the markings of a classic with an hypnotic riff, while Hangover Me featuring Rumer is the kind of song you wouldn’t mind playing on repeat, and its contrasting voices are a treat.
For a dreamy nostalgic song look no further than It Was The Sweetest Thing, while there’s an old school rock and roll feel to If It’s Not Broken.
After one listen to the chorus, it’s difficult not to join in next time round on the catchy Love Is Like A Rolling Stone featuring Tenor Fly, while Pete Doherty features on the atmospheric title track.
This is a strong album that would boost anyone’s music collection.
LIVE REVIEW: O'CONNELL & LOVE AT THE 100 CLUB, ALBUM LAUNCH
This album by O’Connell and Love is a second-time round departure for Larry, who is more familiar with his down-and-dirty acid house country folk Alabama 3 persona. His first solo album was Ghost Flight in 2006. Minesweeping is a collection of gentle-sounding country /Americana numbers, comprising some lush ballads to sing along to, but lyrically, there’s a sting in their tail.
Love, O’Connell and band held their launch party at the 100 Club last week, after the album’s release 0n 6th July 2015, and true to Alabama 3 form, it had the feel of a big celebratory party.
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