Sunday 30 April 2017

Music: Shuffle by Mundy ***

(Camcor Records)

John Meagher

John Meagher

Anybody expecting new material from the Birr troubadour will be disappointed.

This is an album of covers in which Mundy stays very much within his comfort zone.

His heroes -- Dylan, Waits and Mark Linkous -- are tackled, although he is to be applauded for choosing lesser-known tracks.

Gemma Hayes provides accompaniment on a handful of songs and Joe Chester assists with a sensitive production.

The covers are faithfully done -- Mundy isn't one for radically re-inventing another's song -- but there's much to be charmed by, not least a pop-rock version of Warren Zevon's Reconsider Me (with Hayes sharing lead vocals) and a spectral take on John Prine's Angel From Montgomery.

Butcher Boy author Patrick McCabe, incidentally, has written the liner notes.

Burn it: Reconsider Me

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