MARK GEARY

Opium In­de­pen­dent Records

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

Mark Geary doesn’t do things the easy way. He’s a gui­tar man who’s has taken his time get­ting to this, his third album, but hasn’t gone for the easy money. In­stead, Geary has writ­ten a clutch of very good songs and had a bit of an ex­is­ten­tial cri­sis along the way (the ti­tle is, pos­si­bly, not co­in­ci­den­tal). With the help of pro­ducer Karl Od­lum, a trace of whose fin­ger­prints are de­tectable on ev­ery track, Geary has cre­ated a work of solid, melodic beauty. The ar­rest­ing sin­gle Tues­day harks back to a roots base with a 21st-cen­tury twist, and the pared-down At­ro­phy is down­right un­set­tling. Lyric­s­wise, this album is like hav­ing a con­ver­sa­tion with a lovely man who has some bleak and scary thoughts scrab­bling around in his head. Don’t be fooled by the am­bling rhythms and hummable tunes – there’s a barb or two hid­den among the pretty blooms. Rather won­der­ful. www.markgeary.com Down­load tracks: Not on Your Life, Tues­day, King of Swords

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