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Generally somber offering from the original Nirvana
Jackie Hayden, 01 Dec 2010
Patrick Campbell-Lyons hails from Co Waterford and he and his version of Nirvana have built a cult following since the 1960s with a series of sporadic releases. This is a new collection of original songs, apart from a nervy version of Richard Thompson’s ‘Galway To Graceland’, and Love’s ‘Live And let Live’. ‘A Prayer Before A Kiss’ and ‘Unforgiven’ have Lyons’ voice full of depth, a la John Cale. There’s a more produced feel to ‘Falling’ and ‘All I Do Is For You’, the latter clad in the psychedelia of Nirvana’s vintage era, while ‘Reach’ has a jauntiness that breaks the sombre mood, and ‘Nothing Changes’ has a Buddy Holly/Beatles vibe. Lyons’ place in the Irish pantheon has been underplayed, so this intriguing collection will help his cause. The Dali in the title is the Lama, not Salvador.
KEY TRACK: ‘A PRAYER BEFORE A KISS’