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Play­ing With Fire Self-re­leased

Conor Fur­long didn’t wait for the re­ces­sion to be­gin plough­ing the DIY “bed­room band” fur­row – the Dubliner has al­ready re­leased an al­bum of ex­per­i­men­tal pop on his own steam. Record­ing a sec­ond al­bum in a sim­i­lar man­ner is ad­mirable but, mu­si­cally, Play­ing

With Fire never re­ally kin­dles. Most of th­ese songs are in des­per­ate need of edit­ing, Fur­long’s voice seems at times too brit­tle to bulk out the waifish melodies, and there’s a def­i­nite overkill of over­wrought bal­lads that strain too des­per­ately for the epic (Burn, At­lantis). How­ever, when Fur­long tones down the angst, songs such as the gen­tle gui­tar bal­lad Enough come across as gen­uine rather than pre­ten­tious. And, with a bit of spit’n’pol­ish, Are

You Gonna Sleep Tonight? could

work well on ra­dio. Play­ing With

Fire is un­doubt­edly sin­cere, but per­haps overly am­bi­tious for one man. www.conor­fur­


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