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

Sonic Jus­tice The blood cours­ing through the ar­ter­ies of The Win­ters is one part Leonard Co­hen, one part The Band and two parts pi­caresque ru­ral, a kind of Lif­fey­side counter to Cow­boy Junkies. An­chored by ex-Dixons founder Ed McGin­ley and Lor­raine McCol­gan, The Win­ters have al­ready proven them­selves on the live front. Their de­but is full of wide-open vis­tas and a cin­e­matic dark­ness wor­thy of Paris, Texas, par­tic­u­larly on the ti­tle track. The al­bum pirou­ettes with the quiet con­fi­dence of play­ers who plan to hang around longer than the time it takes to down­load an MP3 file. With lyri­cal pre­oc­cu­pa­tions that stretch from emo­tional iso­la­tion to that re­gret-tinged, elu­sive thing called lurve, and a ra­diofriendly stand­out in Starlight Song, all The Win­ters need now is a cock­ier hand at the mix­ing desk to ramp up their amps all the way to 11.


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