'James Dean' is the kind of song that gives a glimpse of the David Keenan playing in the pubs of Ireland. Rough voiced to get over the din, making grand gestures in voice, playing and presence. It is also the David Keenan that is left behind on most of the album, when the choice is made to play his music in a band setting. The result is as stunning as it can be too much of a good thing.
David Keenan is from Dundalk in Ireland and left as a teenager for Liverpool where he developed his playing and singing skills busking on the streets. Returning to Ireland he managed to attract attention of other singer-songwriters who took him along on their respective trails. In the summer of 2019 it was time to record his songs with producer Gavin Glass.
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It is a song like 'Origin Of The World' that allows some air into my relationship with A Beginner's Guide To Bravery. No matter how impressed I am at times by David Keenan's expressiveness, it is impossible to always do so. Like I already wrote, at times this record is too much of a good thing, as his presence consuming. It's now or never it seems. There's no escaping the singer nor his music, except by not playing A Beginner's Guide To Bravery.
On this album David Keenan gives himself, fully completely and the band around him even whips him up some more. So there is more than 100% to enjoy. This is a singer who bares his whole, soul, feelings, thoughts and more. The result is an impressive album that easily beats all the singer-songwriter albums from Ireland and beyond I have written about in the past few years. At times this may be too much of a good thing, it is the real thing. Extremely realm stunning and good.
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