PETE CUM­MINS

The Bril­liant Ar­chi­tect Side­kick Records

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - JOE BREEN

Any­body putting to­gether a his­tory of Ir­ish rock would do well to con­sult Pete Cum­mins. Since the heady days of the 1960s he has been a fix­ture on the Ir­ish scene with bands such as the Fleadh Cow­boys. And yet Cum­mins has never man­aged to re­lease an album of his own. The Bril­liant Ar­chi­tect reme­dies this and, typ­i­cally, Cum­mins wears his badges of in­flu­ence with pride. Dylan is there, Muddy Wa­ters takes a bow, and a host of other in­flu­ences, from roots rock to coun­try soul, are cited in this well-pro­duced 11-track col­lec­tion. (There’s only one cover, of Johnny Cash’s Train of Love.) The styles wan­der all over the place, but the play­ing is first class, Ed Deane, Ger Kiely, Trevor Knight shin­ing in front of the rock solid rhythm sec­tion of Fran Breen and Tommy Moore. A per­sonal mile­stone, it ra­di­ates the sim­ple plea­sures of good mu­sic and good feel­ing. www.mys­pace.com/ pe­te­cum­mins­flead­hcow­boys Down­load tracks: Dam­aged Man, Burn­ing All Your Can­dles, Bad End of the Creek

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