I imagine that every review of this album will feature the name Ed Sheeran, the Norfolk busker-cum-global superstar has named Concannon as an influence and, if you wanted to sum up this review in a few words, it would be these;
If you like Ed Sheeran, you will like this!As with everything in music, this won’t find it’s way into everybody’s collection, but if you like folk music with a little extra something, and you are interested to hear where Ed Sheeran’s music evolved from, this might be well worth a listen.
There, simple, done, next please.
But it isn’t that simple because this sounds like the music that evolved into the radio-friendly stuff that Sheeran pumps out, what he did before the A-list collaborations, when the lyrics came fast and there was meaning behind the words.
This is where Concannon dazzles. His lyrics hint at outrage towards the world and are engaging, I will admit this music wasn’t for me, I found the songs to be a little too similar in style and tempo – especially towards the end of the album – and I drew comparisons to fellow Irishman Damien Rice with the thoughtful introspective nature of some of the songs, but there is enough going on to keep you interested.
The production wisely employs brass instruments, this is a stroke of genius as it pulls it from the mile-high stack of similar musical acts. Also, the inclusion of Hannah Meloy and wife Stephanie Hollenberg to bring depth to the vocal was clever. The lead vocal is light, very similar to that of the aforementioned singer, and it needs support, but it also adds the chance to harmonise and add interest.
As with everything in music, this won’t find it’s way into everybody’s collection, but if you like folk music with a little extra something, and you are interested to hear where Ed Sheeran’s music evolved from, this might be well worth a listen.