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In Flight Sony

It does seem as if Daithí Ó Dró­naí has been around for yonks. Be­tween naive dal­liances on re­al­ity TV shows and a re­lent­less sched­ule of live shows up and down the coun­try, Ó Dró­naí has slowly but surely found his way around the houses to his cur­rent sound very much in plain sight. Such a devel­op­men­tal arc is a good thing, though, as it has re­sulted in a humdinger of an al­bum. The Ó Dró­naí of a cou­ple of years ago didn’t pos­sess the skill set or bravado to let the pop flag fly as brazenly as is does on In Flight. It’s one ra­dio-friendly, dance­floor-teas­ing nugget af­ter an­other, an al­bum of su­perbly sculpted tracks each primed to catch the ear. There’s a rake of fine singers on­board to pro­vide the vo­cal hooks through­out, but it’s Ó Dró­naí and pro­ducer Ian Ring’s rave of sound, a storm of synths, loops and beats, which re­ally makes this a win­ner. daithi.ie

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