- 06 Nov 14
BEAUTIFULLY TENDER GALWAY-MALTESE CONCOCTION.
Maltese-born, Galway-bred troubadour Adrian Crowley is one of our most beguiling indigenous talents. His seventh album is easily as good as anything in his formidable back catalogue.
At this stage of the game, Crowley has really found his voice and his sound. From Long Distance Swimmer in 2007 he hit a rich vein of form with three consecutive brilliant albums, including the Choice Music Prize-winning Season of the Sparks in 2009.
Some Blue Morning sees him further refine his sparse minimalism to stunning effect. His vocals have never sounded this good. The occasional and overheated criticism likening him to Bill Callahan is conclusively squashed.
On tracks like ‘Stranger’, Crowley collaborates with members of London string ensemble Geese with beautiful results, with the tender orchestration pleasingly reminiscent of American composer David Axelrod.
There has always been a narrative quality to Crowley’s work and ‘The Wild Boar’ is the finest example yet. Adrian Crowley has consistently been one of Ireland’s finest artists who has deservedly craved out a substantial niche in Europe. Some Blue Morning is a beautifully assured album that should strongly build upon on his reputation.