DE­CLAN SIN­NOTT

Win­dow on the World ★★★

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

Self-re­leased Af­ter a life­time play­ing in other peo­ple’s shad­ows, no­tably those of Mary Black and Christy Moore, gui­tarist-pro­ducer De­clan Sin­nott has found his own voice. And a qui­etly im­pres­sive one it is as the 64-year-old muses on his world with­out and within. This is his sec­ond solo al­bum, fol­low­ing 2012’s I Love the Noise It Makes, and he builds on that al­bum’s un­hur­ried, melodic, folky, soft-shoe rock. He writes or co-writes (with Owen O’Brien) all 12 tracks, play­ing all in­stru­ments in­clud­ing very taste­ful gui­tar. His only con­ces­sion to ex­ter­nal in­flu­ence comes in the sweet har­monies of part­ner Vickie Keat­ing. And therein lies its strength and its weak­ness; his nat­u­ral sense of warmth and craft swathed in a pre­dictable, if com­fort­ing, soundscape.

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