Sunday, 21 December 2014

Colin Deady, Out of the Blue, Debut Album

Colin Deady, 'Season's Tide'

Info: Hailing from Skibbereen in the beautiful West Cork, folk-rock songwriter Colin Deady is releasing his debut album, Out of the Blue, on the 29th of January, early in the New Year. The new album crosses many genres from folk, to blues rock, country and gentle piano led ballads. Out of the Blue opens with a real foot-tapper, in 'Life Goes On', there's a country honky-tonk feel about the electric guitar on this one, it's very upbeat and has pockets of Dire Straits vibes about it too. Straight after is a really nice electric guitar driven track, 'Time On My Side', which has a very 90's pop rock sound, but also reminding me a tiny bit of Simply Red's 'Holding Back The Years'. The enjoyable and heartfelt 'Chapel Street' is up next, a piano ballad in the mould of Billy Joel's more serious moments, Deady's soothing vocals give a real soulful feel to the song. Another track I quite enjoyed was at the half-way point, 'Things I Love The Most', there's a real classic American folk-rock feel to it, hard to shake the vision of a band such as The Eagles or Eric Clapton on 461 Ocean Boulevard. The following track, 'Return To You' starts out in the same vein but becomes considerably rockier and has some more great blues guitar mixed with soulful backing vocals. The album finishes on it's title track, which slowly leads you by the hand to a fantastic guitar solo that would not be amiss on a Thin Lizzy album, and I could listen to all day on loop. 

A personal observation would be that there were one or two tracks I found a bit nondescript and I found the genre bounce a bit disorientating at times, but other than that, there were real strengths in the music throughout, especially the electric guitar which I alluded to in a few tracks and the sense that Colin Deady is a serious musician. There were some good country rock songs and ballads as well, and Deady possesses a strong soulful voice and wide vocal range. He certainly has enough in the bag to keep audiences entertained as he kicks of his Irish Tour with the launch for Out of the Blue in the famous De Barra's folk club in Clonakilty, Co Cork on the 29th January.

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