"While on vacation with my wife in California, a friend made me a tape of "Riverside". As we drove the coast from Astoria to L.A., I listened to "Riverside" several times. I fell in love with it right off. It never gets old. That was about 8 years ago. Last weekend I was on the road again, and I happened to bring that same tape with me. I listened to it again, and it touched me the way no other music really ever has. Even though I had listened to the tape many times, it was like I really "heard" it for the first time. "This Is For Life" touched me deeply. "Dreams" and "Man Is Alive"..... I can't describe the feelings they invoke. I absolutely "feel" this music. I remember some years back, I was listening to "Dreams In America" and it really affected me. I brought it to some friends house and asked them to listen to it, hoping that they too would feel the emotions and power that I had, but I think they just thought I was crazy. I like this music the most when I am traveling alone through beautiful country like southern utah, or california, or high desert.... buy it and listen and it will touch your life......"
This is by far Luka Bloom's best- an excellent effort
(5 out of 5 stars)
""Riverside" is the one album I would take to a desert island and in which I'd NEVER lose interest. It captures/exemplifies one gift of the Irish in both poetry and music: while appearing deceptively simple, a subtle and immensely detailed pattern emerges, leaving one with a range of responses to gorgeous melodies and engaging lyrics. Tracks like "Delirious" and "Over the Moon" provide melodic punch combined with great accustic guitar and joyful lyrics; "Man is Alive" and others provide a depth of sensitivity and intensity which balances the excitement of the earliest tracks. Balance is key, and the affect is practically perfect. People of all tastes will love this cd- and never get sick of it. All in all, this is Luka Bloom's best and most resonant effort thus far."
Still my favorite
Pamela A. Middings | San Ramon, CA United States | 10/25/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Despite all the great albums he's released since, this is my absolute favorite, with not a weak track (even "Irishman in Chinatown", a song he won't sing live, is charmingly goofy)....maybe because it was my first encounter with his fantastic talent back in 1990. Some favorite songs are "Dreams in America", "You Couldn't Have Come at a Better Time", "Gone to Pablo", "Over the Moon", "Delirious"....you get the picture! So strong, fervent, deeply felt, sigh.....if you're a Luka fan you HAVE to own this album!"
Talent Meets Passion
dev1 | Baltimore | 03/08/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The highlight of Luka Bloom's "Riverside" is his uninhibited and impassioned acoustic guitar playing. "Delirious," "Over The Moon" and "You Couldn't Have Come At A Better Time" are like a wild roller-coaster rides: Bloom yells, yups and chuckles while vigorousley pounding his guitar. On the love ballads (Dreams In America, Gone To Pablo) his gentle treatment of the strings is perfectly suited to the romantic lyrics.Bloom is also a captivating storyteller. "The Man Is Alive" is bittersweet father-son tale, and the pleading chorus of "This Is For Life" will make the hair on your arms stand on end. There are faint influences of Irish music here: "An Irishman In Chinatown" and "You Couldn't Have Come At A Better Time" are structured around the traditional jig. On "The One," Bloom angrily scolds a fellow (unnamed) Irish musician who lost his life while pursuing his dreams.Not often enough does talent meet passion. "Riverside" is a notable exception."
"I first heard of Luka when I saw him live in 1988... I waited two years for Riverside to be released, and it was well worth the wait. This album sounds a bit more raw than his others- but technical stuff aside, the brilliant lyrics and gorgeous music is just as present. 'Dreams In America' will put you in a trance; it is very hypnotic. 'Delirious' is upbeat, LOTS of fun! (It's even MORE fun when he plays it live!)"