Tuesday 17 October 2017

Music: 1989 - The best of Power of Dreams by Power of Dreams ****

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John Meagher

John Meagher

It can't be easy being Craig Walker. You're still young -- just 38 -- but your reputation is built on what you achieved while a teenage. The Dubliner was 18 years old when Power of Dreams' debut album Immigrants, Emigrants and Me was released to euphoric notices.

It prompted a turf war between record companies and fanciful talk of the power-pop exponents being Ireland's biggest export since U2.

Three years later it all went awry. The band were dropped after disappointing sales. In truth, neither follow-up album was a patch on the first. Walker has popped up fleetingly since then, most impressively with the little-heard prog-rock band, Archive.

With interest in Power of Dreams whetted earlier this year thanks to a 20th anniversary, expanded edition of Immigrants, Emigrants and Me, the time is ripe to release this best of, with material culled from all three albums.

And what a fine collection this is. American Dream, Stay and especially 100 Ways to Kill a Love are fantastically potent songs that have lost nothing in the passing of the years. There's a new tune too -- 1989 shows Walker's way with melody is undiminished.

Anybody interested in the Power of Dreams live experience should check out the Reverberation Tour -- a triple header featuring PoD, Frank and Walters and Sultans of Ping. It kicks off in Dublin's Academy on December 23 before going on a short nationwide tour after Christmas.

Burn it: 100 Ways to Kill a Love; American Dream

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