Carry the Meek (Route 109) * * * *
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.
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