CD REVIEW: Eoin Harrington - "Story"
By Gian F - 05/28/2008 - 07:05 PM EDT
Artist: Eoin Harrington
Genre: Adult Alternative
Sounds Like: James Blunt
Technical Grade: 10/10
Production/Musicianship Grade: 10/10
Commercial Value: 9/10
Overall Talent Level: 10/10
Songwriting Skills: 10/10
Performance Skill: 10/10
Best Songs: Never Be Lonely, Addicted, Play Your Piano, Beautiful Thing, No Way No How, Is It Over?
Ever since I reviewed singer/songwriter/musician Eoin Harrington's first single, (the ultimate babe stealing ballad Never Be Lonely), I have been eagerly anticipating an LP which would answer two lingering industry questions: Was the first song a fluke? And could he deliver a complete project with the same caliber of songs? The answers are: No, it wasn't, and yes, he can - and he did. He also managed to make a very strong musical and commercial statement in the process.
Armed with a distinctive Irish tenor and an emotive falsetto, Eoin weaves a tapestry of songs together on this project which conjure up the narrative eloquence of James Taylor and the modern existentialisms of James Blunt.
While Never Be Lonely remains his preeminent song with its simplicity, sincerity, and heartfelt longing, Eoin uses the time and space afforded to him on a full album to navigate through the nuances of love while displaying the full spectrum of his lyrical and performance talents; courtesy of a repertoire that is both polished and timeless.
Stand out tracks include "Move Along," a song about mercifully turning away a broken-hearted lover who you don't want to (or can't) be with; the flirtatious "Play Your Piano" - which would have fit perfectly on George Michaels' Faith album as it recalls the sexual bravado and suggestiveness of the 80's icon; "Beautiful Thing," an energetic, feel-good, track that has a 70's/Beatles feel to it; and then there's "Addicted," the most commercial (if not conventional rock) song on the project. It's radio-ready with a twist of Minneapolis funk that programmers and fans will love.
Midway through his set we arrive at, "No Way No How," a rousing ballad that forces women to look at the realities of physical abuse and encourages them (with a big, chanting chorus) not to take it. The song contains an important motivational message and it adds depth and breadth to his stellar catalogue.
The CD ends with "Is It Over," a literal masterpiece that chronicles the separate love lives of a lonely, commitment aversive man, and a love-deprived woman who is in the autumn of her life. In this beautifully produced and orchestrated vignette, Eoin has the two of them meeting in the third verse for a surprising, if not realistic ending.
Eoin's "Story" is one worth purchasing and listening to for years to come.
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