Reader’s Wives No la­bel

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - CLAIRE LOOBY

a jokey bal­lad of 9-to-5 love af­fairs, might hang in the shadow of Badly Drawn Boy, but carves out its own iden­tity thanks to the clear, hard vo­cals and a slick back­ing band. Any­one who smug­gles a Se­same Street count­ing song into a track, as in the in­fec­tious One Two, de­serves marks for brav­ery. www.mys­pace. com/read­er­swives It’s quite un­fair to com­pare an un­signed artist so early in his ca­reer to ex­ist­ing greats. For­tu­nately for Reader’s Wives, this divert­ing and pol­ished album (writ­ten, per­formed and pro­duced by Niall James Holo­han) is hard to pi­geon­hole. With mu­si­cal styles that swing from Specials-style ska to bal­lads to New Or­leans blues, Reader’s Wives ap­pears to be some­thing of a sam­ple of­fer­ing, but an ac­com­plished one for all that. The strength of Holo­han’s lyrics is steady through­out, from the irony-laden Sex­u­ally At­tracted to My­self to the anti-love song Have You Seen the Moon Tonight? Are You Com­ing For a Drink Af­ter Work, Princess? Down­load tracks: Ad­ver­tis­ing Heroin, I Don’t Need to Be Se­duced

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