Hu­man Re­la­tions

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

Self-re­leased ★★★

Lim­er­ick’s rock his­tory doesn’t start and end with The Cran­ber­ries as far as Senakah are con­cerned, al­though the quar­tet did bring in for­mer Cran­ber­ries gui­tarist Noel Ho­gan to pro­duce their sec­ond al­bum. Ho­gan does a ster­ling job with this well­paced track­list­ing, its stur­dily con­structed songs packed with melody and Rob Hope’s im­pres­sive vo­cal range. If there’s a de­fect to Senekah’s up­beat pop-rock, it is their re­liance on dated 1990s rock as an in­flu­ence; the jerky chug of Strong­hold sug­gests Placebo’s lighter mo­ments, while the beefy My Prime evokes Pearl Jam. Much of Hu­man Re­la­tions is a bit too pre­dictable, with its slow-build­ing verses lead­ing to surg­ing cho­ruses. Still, the tune­ful pro­gres­sion of the ti­tle track and the jaunty male/fe­male vo­cal ex­change of the Dea­con Blue­like Train­ing Wheels makes the al­bum dif­fi­cult to dis­like. Down­load: Hu­man Re­la­tions, Sync­ing

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