Interesting new effort by Kenny
Mark Savary | Seattle, WA | 03/28/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"At first blush, fans of Emer Kenny's debut CD "Emer Kenny" might be disappointed by her follow-up disc. The sounds veer sharply away from the largely Celtic flavor of her first CD, and lean more toward the poppish/dance/trip hop sound.In addition, it may seem that Kenny does not know exactly which style to follow. There seems to be a "scattershot" approach to the selections, some cuts having night and day differences in musical genre from others.The Celtic harp that was her signature sound on the first disc is buried beneath techno styled arrangements and sometimes annoying synth beats. The harp peeps through only on perhaps two or three cuts.However, several catchy songs populate the new disc, and with a few exceptions, they make the disc a keeper. "Useless Thing", "Dirty Mind", and "All The Time" are particularly memorable.Overall, the flavor of the disc is much more in keeping with the main track from the "Emer Kenny" CD, "Heaven" than that disc's prominant Celtic flavor."
Trite but better than most.
Mark Savary | 05/16/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Sounding like a complete different artist than her first cd, it's a pleasant, well-producted pop album. Would I have bought this if I hadn't heard her first cd? No. The little bit of harp on the cd makes one wish for more of the first. These cute pop songs are beneath her; she can do better. Let's hope she does on the next cd."
Great follow-up to her debut album
Mark Savary | 03/23/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I must admit I was a little put off by this album when I first started listening to it. The opening four songs seemed so... so... commerical... a bit too glossy, if you know what I mean. "Emer's sold out!", I thought. But once it got into song five and beyond I found myself really enjoying, then falling in love with the album. I said to myself, "Now, THAT'S EMER KENNY!" But to be fair, I went back and listened to the first four songs again and... low 'n behold, Emer won me over! The opening songs are good, they're just vastly different from what I came to love about her first album that it threw me for a bit of a loop on first hearing them.In this second effort, Emer doesn't fail to prove she can strike the same hypnotic and captivating rythems that made the first album such a treasure. There's a bit of the old here, just a lot more of the new... and it's a good "new". Emer is fantastic."