Tuesday 2 September 2014

Ham Sandwich

Carry the Meek (Route 109) * * * *

Published 15/02/2008 | 12:24

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The horribly named Meath outfit have been around for a number of years now and they've taken time to release this debut. Holing up with ex-Frames man Dave Odlum -- a popular producer with rising domestic outfits -- the quintet have delivered a remarkably assured album, crammed with guitar pop songs par excellence.

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Niamh Farrell is the star here and she and Podge McNamara have fun exchanging vocals and sexual tension throughout the album. There is no shortage of radio-friendly songs (Odlum certainly knows how to push all the right commercial buttons), not least the giddy, thrilling Words, already something of a live favourite. The band's undoubted quality is all over Keepsake and Never Talk -- marvellous songs, both. On the evidence of this effervescent album, Ham Sandwich could be Ireland's answer to Rilo Kiley.

Burn it: Keepsake; Never Talk

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