The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC - JOE BREEN

Bro­ken Care­lessly Club­house Records ★★★★

Here’s a catch-up that’s worth catch­ing up with, es­pe­cially be­cause this long­time Bri­tish band’s fourth al­bum of Amer­i­cana has an end-of-an-era feel to it. Bro­ken Care­lessly was recorded os­ten­si­bly be­cause drum­mer Dan Til­bury was mov­ing to Den­mark. But there’s a sense, not least on Band Song, that the grind of end­less one-nighters with lit­tle recog­ni­tion and even less re­ward was wear­ing them down. Nonethe­less Han­nah El­ton-Wall, who wrote 10 of the 12 tracks, sings that the “pedal steel still makes me want to cry”. And so the twang­ing gui­tars and sweet har­monies go on. Her songs fo­cus mainly on re­la­tion­ships, trou­bled but gen­er­ally en­dur­ing. The ti­tle track, The Big Freeze and the slow-burn­ing bal­lad Per­fect For­ever are no­table songs on an al­bum with a warm, un­der­stated feel to it. red­

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