Album Review: Charm by Maria Doyle Kennedy

Album Name: Charm
Artist: Maria Doyle Kennedy
Year/Label: 2005 / Mermaid

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Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

Maria Doyle Kennedy had a role in “The Commitments”, and her new solo record is a different sort of a thing. The partly titled record finds her singing with a lovely voice.

“Babes” is soulful and gorgeous. Kennedy’s vocal works against a very old-fashioned soul arrangement. Justin Carroll’s Hammond gives it a special feel. I’m reminded of Maria McKee.

“Snow White” is a mid-paced rocker with Kennedy singing of the fairy tale with urgency.

“Safe from Harm” is lullaby-soft and with a gossamer lead vocal.

“Revenge is Sour” is an angry rant with enough sense of melody to be great.

“Charm” is a marvelous record from an underrated singer.

Posted on September 16, 2005

Track Listing
1. Without U
2. Babes
3. Snow White
4. Stars Above
5. I Scare Myself
6. Safe From Harm
7. Helena
8. Magpie
9. Loving U Is Killing Me
10. Bittersweet
11. Revenge Is Sour
12. Stars Above (Acoustic)

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