Twenty Five Years – Twenty Five Songs 3Ú Records

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music Reviews - SIOB­HÁN LONG

Mary Black show­cases a wealth of mem­o­ries on this 25th-an­niver­sary ret­ro­spec­tive. Draw­ing the bulk from her break­through pe­riod of the late 1980s and early 1990s, Black glis­tens in the hands of her pre­ferred writ­ers: Jimmy McCarthy and Noel Brazil. Some of the ar­range­ments have dated (Song for Ire­land and Only a Wo­man’s Heart), but this dou­ble CD col­lec­tion is a snap­shot of a for­mi­da­ble in­ter­preter who, by the sounds of the Tom Waits bonus track, If I Have to Go, may have an­other ca­reer await­ing her as an in­ter­preter of in­ter­na­tional song­writ­ers. Waits and Joni Mitchell spring to mind, not to men­tion Broad­way writ­ers such as Stephen Sond­heim. A justly eclec­tic cel­e­bra­tion of an artist ever in search of the un­ploughed fur­row. Down­load track: By the Time It Gets Dark

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