Clocks Mit­tens ★★★★

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSICREVIEWS - LAUREN MUR­PHY

Singer? Artist? Com­poser? Find­ing a de­scrip­tion that suits Julie Feeney has be­come an in­creas­ingly dif­fi­cult task. In the three years since her last re­lease, the Gal­way woman’s un­remit­ting am­bi­tion has seen her com­pose an opera and sell out a run of gigs in New York. Her third al­bum car­ries her as­pi­ra­tions fur­ther still, blend­ing the­atri­cal cham­ber­pop with soft, clas­sic song­writ­ing akin to Ca­role King’s cat­a­logue (Dear John). Feeney’s ec­cen­tri­cally pure voice is as an in­stru­ment in it­self, its reed-like qual­ity par­tic­u­larly preva­lent on the del­i­cacy of songs such as Cold Wa­ter, the grace­ful Gal­way Boy and the airy, sean-nós style mus­ings of If I Lose You Tonight. It’s Feeney’s stately pomp and charged in­ti­macy that sums up Clocks best: both warm and weird, but in­con­testably in­di­vid­ual. juliefeeney.com Down­load tracks: Ju­lia, Gal­way Boy

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