Monday 1 May 2017

Local heroes: How the Irish fared in 2007

No filler: Adrian Crowley's latest album is a minor masterpiece
No filler: Adrian Crowley's latest album is a minor masterpiece
John Meagher

John Meagher

How the Irish fared in 2007

BEST IRISH ALBUM

Long Distance Swimmer -- Adrian Crowley

It was a good year for domestic music and the judges of the Choice Music Awards should have little problem coming up with a worthwhile shortlist on January 9. This is the album that deserves to win -- engaging and rewarding, it fulfils Crowley's early promise.



BEST DEBUT IRISH ALBUM

Achieving Vagueness – The Flaws

THE MONAGHAN four-piece know how to write radio-friendly songs that pack a punch. Spiky guitars and a thundering rhythm section make songs such as Sixteen and Idolise irresistible. The cool brigade hates them, but that’s probably because Paul Finn and company aren’t keen on making music with mass appeal.

BEST IRISH SONG

Harry Truman – Headgear

A fantastically odd tune from talented Limerick man, Darragh Dukes – aka Headgear. The song is not, incidentally, concerned with the former US president but rather tells the true story of an elderly man who chose to stay in his mountainside home and perish in an avalanche, rather than leave it.

BEST IRISH DEBUT SINGLE

Edith – Codes

Great single from a fine young band. It’s epic and grandiose – but not in a horrible Muse wannabe sort of way. Think JJ72 before they lost the run of themselves.

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