Love is All or Love is Not at All ★★★★ One Lit­tle In­dian

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

For too long, this re­viewer has been overly con­cerned as to why the work of Dubliner Marc Car­roll – un­ques­tion­ably one of Ire­land’s best, yet com­mer­cially un­re­warded, song­writ­ers – isn’t more widely known. It seems, though, that Car­roll him­self does not worry as much, so it’s fair to as­sume that his new al­bum – his sev­enth solo record – may suf­fer the same fate as his ear­lier ones. And yet the mu­sic in­hab­its a com­pelling space, and high­lights Car­roll’s more po­lit­i­cally ori­ented songcraft in tracks such as No Hal­lelu­jah Here, Ball and Chain and the ti­tle num­ber, which fea­tures an in­spir­ing poem by former Crass mem­ber Penny Rim­baud. Th­ese are Car­roll’s most em­pa­thetic songs to date – from ob­vi­ous beauty ( Catalina in

the Dis­tance) to sub­tle at­mos­phere ( Oh, Death, Don’t Yet Call Me Home), the man has done it again. mar­c­car­

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