Highs and Hel­los

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Musicreviews - CLAIRE LOOBY

Record­ings The de­but solo album from ex-Trip Haz­ard front man Dave Con­way is the cathar­tic jour­nal of a man com­ing to terms with him­self. The prob­lem with works pep­pered with per­sonal rev­e­la­tions is that they can be a bit in­ac­ces­si­ble. But Con­way’s themes are, if not uni­ver­sal, at least com­mon, re­flected in such song ti­tles as Hon­est with Our­selves, Do­ing My Best and Change of Scene. Pro­ducer Andrew Bass has al­lowed a def­i­nite David Bowie in­flu­ence here and there, while a cou­ple of tracks have 1980s soft-rock vibes in­clud­ing ex­tended gui­tar so­los. The strong­est melody over­all is in De­ceived by Ec­stasy, a slightly dreamy, slightly edgy bal­lad, the para­dox giv­ing an idea of the con­tra­dic­tions found through­out the album. Over­all, this is the work of a man find­ing his feet, per­haps per­son­ally as well as mu­si­cally, an aim that can’t be faulted. www.my space.com/dav­e­con­waysolo Down­load tracks: Help­less, Change of Scene, Mov­ing On

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