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Saturday 12 July 2014

John Meagher's top 30 Irish albums of all time

Published 22/04/2013|00:11

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I listen to at least one new Irish album each week and often wonder which of them will last the test of time. Some that I once adored don’t seem so special now, while others have only grown with age.

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Conversely, some of the venerable albums that are regularly cited as Irish classics may not deserve their lofty status.

With Record Store Day today, now is as good a time as any for me to choose. I’m not considering live albums (so no Live and Dangerous, Thin Lizzy fans) or compilations (that rules out The Blades’ superior Raytown Revisited).

The full top 30 countdown is available in the slideshow below.

30. Music in Mouth - Bell X1 (2003)
Songs of hope and heartbreak, borne out of deeply personal circumstances. Paul Noonan’s idiosyncratic songwriting was evident in the gorgeous Eve, the Apple of My Eye and the harrowing In Every Sunflower. The playful Tongue leavened the darkness.

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