Wait­ing for the Tide Whirling Discs ★★★

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

Ge­o­graph­i­cal lines cross cut No Crows’ lat­est record­ing in a loose­limbed, lan­guid cel­e­bra­tion of Ir­ish, Mediter­ranean and Gypsy mu­si­cal in­flu­ences. Hav­ing ex­panded their mem­ber­ship to in­clude singer-song­writer, gui­tarist and fid­dle player Ray Coen, their fourth al­bum is a com­ing of age. For­mer Loyko fid­dler Oleg Ponomarev keeps his char­ac­ter­is­ti­cally swing­ing melodies firmly rooted in No Crow’s reper­toire. But bar is raised more than a notch or two by the rich­ness of orig­i­nal song com­po­si­tions and the strength of the vo­cal con­tri­bu­tions from gui­tarist/com­poser Felip Car­bonell and Water­boy Steve Wick­ham, along­side Coen’s high lone­some and plain­tive med­i­ta­tion, (Blame It on the) Good Times. The band’s or­nitho­log­i­cal pre­oc­cu­pa­tions are re­in­forced through the fiery, de­li­ciously rhyth­mic Save the Corn­crake set. Down­load tracks: The Cosy Eye, The Coney Is­land Shuf­fle

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