GAVIN RYAN Time Claddagh Records

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - SIOB­HÁN LONG

He's forged his rep­u­ta­tion on solid blues, but Gavin Ryan ven­tures to­wards wider hori­zons on his third al­bum. The heavy­weight voice has evolved since his last stu­dio foray. Now he’s de­ploy­ing it in the ser­vice of a mood that’s more David Lynch and Twin Peaks, with an un­ex­pected weak­ness for trac­ing the bold out­lines of cabaret on oc­ca­sion. Top hats, sailors’ laments, drowned sor­rows and a healthy fear of the grim reaper: life’s rich ta­pes­try is writ large and small on Ryan’s 10 orig­i­nal songs. Brian Connor again lends bal­last on fen­der rhodes, pi­ano and Ham­mond or­gan, but on Time the spa­ces are wide open in a Panav­i­sion kind of way. Cin­e­matic in scope, there are oc­ca­sions when it seems Ryan’s got his tongue planted in his cheek. But the over­rid­ing tone is one of wist­ful re­flec­tion. gav­in­

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