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Gath­ered over nearly 10 years, this sees BellX1 lead singer Paul Noo­nan strike out semi-solo in the com­pany of an ar­ray of highly ac­com­plished fe­male vo­cal­ists. Duet­ting with the likes of Joan as Po­lice­woman, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Lisa Han­ni­gan, Cathy Davy, Martha Wain­wright and Gemma Hayes, Noo­nan and his songs dwell in the mel­low-melan­choly zone, yet the del­i­cate ex­e­cu­tion, sparse­ness of ar­range­ments and tonal de­liv­ery com­ple­ment each other per­fectly. He seems to have selected the best voice for the song; if you’re look­ing for emo­tion­ally res­o­nant, low-key folk/pop, then it’s here in 50 shades of sub­dued colours. Yet this is by no means a one-note en­ter­prise – songs as nu­anced as Vapour Trails (Joan), Ap­pa­ratchick (Han­ni­gan) and The Car­tog­ra­pher (Kennedy) show­case the project’s in­tu­itive grasp of light and shade. print­er­clips.com Down­load: Vapour Trails, Ap­pa­ratchick, The Car­tog­ra­pher

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