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The Watcher and the Comet Sad Opera Records ★★★ Shane Ó Fearghail, for­merly of well-loved band The Brand, re­joins the Ir­ish singer-song­writer club with Caruso’s de­but. The Watcher and the Comet is a sim­ple, hu­man af­fair built on solid lyrics, acous­tic gui­tars and emo­tion­ally charged vo­cals. Oc­ca­sion­ally one hears a plain­tive street busker qual­ity that’s rem­i­nis­cent of early As­lan; this works both for and against them: there’s touch­ing ur­gency but also a lin­ger­ing same­ness. On the up­side, such tracks as Je­sus I Can Try and the slow­burn­ing, Frames-like Satel­lite are beau­ti­fully lay­ered and thought­ful, dis­tin­guish­ing Caruso from the crowd. If you en­joy surf­ing the au­ral wave of con­tem­po­rary Ir­ish tal­ent (Dempsey, Rice, Casey, Hansard), try this lot on for size. www.mys­­soie

DEANNA OR­TIZ Down­load Tracks: Je­sus I Can Try, It’s for the Birds, Satel­lite

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