Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Alternative Rock, Folk, World Music, Pop, Rock, Classic Rock
Rock music has been hyphenated into increasingly narrower constituent pieces (folk-rock, punk-rock, ad nauseam) since the 1970s, which misses a crucial point--all the best rock has been a fusion of disparate elements. Simp... more »
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Rock music has been hyphenated into increasingly narrower constituent pieces (folk-rock, punk-rock, ad nauseam) since the 1970s, which misses a crucial point--all the best rock has been a fusion of disparate elements. Simply labeling the Young Dubliners "Celtic rock," does them--and the listener--a disservice. In an irony suitable for the age, the Young Dubliners were formed in--where else?--Los Angeles by expatriate Irishman Keith Roberts and have built a sizable reputation on their energetic live shows. And though it kicks off with "Bodhran," a typically manic Irish reel, Red displays a musical sensibility that owes as much to Dave Matthews and the Wallflowers as it does to the Chieftains. The title track even features lyrics by band admirer and longtime Elton John collaborator Bernie Taupin. With mood and drama to burn, fused to an energetic, driving band sound, Red is an album as infectious as it is mature. --Jerry McCulley
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It's One Big Party with the Young Dubs
Velvet | Los Angeles | 06/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album is their best to date, well arranged and excellently written. I've had the pleasure of seeing the Young Dubs, as they're affectionately known among their fans, twice now in Los Angeles and their live shows are the most fun I've ever been to. This album captures their live energy and sound, beginning with the Celtic beat of the rolicking instrumental "Bodhran" and the the title track "Red", co-written by Bernie Taupin, well known for penning Elton John's greatest hits. I especially loved the gentle beat of "Neverending" and its instrumental version. You can't go wrong with this CD and the Young Dubliners are on their way to the top. And if you've never attended any of their live shows, rush to one now and experience the Young Dubs for yourself. If you don't find yourself in their legendary "jig pits" or in your own room dancing to the music on this CD, then better check to see if you have a pulse :)"
David J. Huart | Kettering, Ohio United States | 11/27/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What a great CD. Careful not to pigeon hole these guys as Celtic only (I love Celtic too). Though the Irish overtones are there, they are tastefully melded with the likes of Dylan, Dave Matthews, & Tom Petty among others, into a unique blend that is it's very own. I bought the disc after hearing them play live, opening for Tull. As Tull slowly morphed into the Ian Anderson show, I found myself at the CD tent buying "Red". I popped into the CD player once in the car and it stayed there for weeks. Energy, musicianship, humor, maturity - its all here folks. It will get your feet to moving. I listen to it at least once a week."
The Young Dubliners are coming of Age!
Ron Johnson | FLorida, USA | 06/26/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"From the openning riffs of it's Irish violin and acoustic guitars, RED crackles and pops right off the disc with a freshness and maturity rarely seen in Pop music today. We saw this band live with Jethro Tull and the next day had to buy this CD. It was not a disappointment. Highlights include the title song Bernie Taupin (Elton John's wordsmith) wrote for the band. Other highlights include "Neverending" and "What Do You Want From Me?" Too mature for the N'Sync audiences and too energetic for the sedated fans of most of today's "serious" rock, one wonders if THE YOUNG DUBLINERS will find any support on the radio. Too bad for listeners if they don't, this band cooks."