Monday 26 February 2018

Album Review: Tieranniesaur * * *

Tieranniesaur (Popical Island)

John Meagher

John Meagher

Annie Tierney is probably best known for her membership of Republic of Loose, the soul-funk collective led by her brother, Mick. She has also fronted several middling-to-decent bands (The Chicks, The Radio, Yeh Deadlies), but this incarnation should get her noticed outside of Dublin's self-congratulatory indie scene.

Tieranniesaur's stock-in-trade is avant-garde, synth-led pop with bags of attitude: think ESG and New Young Pony Club. Although a mixed bag quality-wise, there are several songs to make even the most jaded listener take notice. In the Sargasso is a sparkling pop number redolent of Parallel Lines-era Blondie, while the intriguing, drum'n'bass I Don't Stop sounds like a James Murphy/DFA outtake.

Tierney -- and her fivepiece band, including hubby Padraig -- aren't afraid to experiment and that's to be applauded, even if the results aren't as interesting as they'd hoped for. A case in point is Azure Island, a half-baked number featuring local rapper Bobby Aherne.

Elsewhere, the production is just a little too lo-fi for my liking. Several of the songs would have benefited from more oomph, not least Pretty Girl String Quartet and I Tink Ur Strange (the latter featuring Tierney singing in a cod little-girl-lost vocal style).

Hats off to the band for innovation, by the way. As well as usual formats, Tieranniesaur will also be available in the form of a 'Playbutton' -- essentially a pin badge that doubles as an MP3 player with the album pre-loaded on to it.

Burn it: I Don't Stop; In the Sargasso

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