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CD REVIEW: Daire Taylor - The Hidden Maps EP
By Jarrod Brogdon - 09/26/2008 - 01:35 PM EDT

Artist: Daire Taylor
Album: The Hidden Maps EP
Genre: Acoustic Folk/Rock
CD Review:

Daire Taylor seems like a man of the world who is looking beyond.  Lost and found, hurt and loved, weary and rested, broken and healed, or at least his songs on this 4 track EP makes him sound that way.  "The Hidden Maps EP" plays out like cautionary tales from a man who has been at the bottom and lived to tell about it. Hailing from Ireland, Daire is a songwriter that needs to be heard.  

“Wild River” is a plea from a traveling man who stays on the road to escape the vision of a former love.

“Back Road” is a Southern American Sunday afternoon song, searching for redemption off the beaten path, while “Some ol’ Love” is a sweet piano-driven ballad, hopeful for love to ‘come along’ to change everything. 

Verdict:  Daire can save music as we know it. His melodies are simple and acoustic yet powerful, and his lyrics are epic and unforgiving, yet striving for redemption.  We can hope for a full release from this gifted artist some day. 

For fans of Damien Rice, Five for Fighting.

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