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I Own You ★★★ Uni­ver­sal Mu­sic Ire­land

Mick Flannery has been com­mended for his sto­ry­telling abil­ity, and he has earned sim­i­lar rep­u­ta­tion for in­tro­spec­tion. For his fifth al­bum, the Cork­man changes his ap­proach by of­fer­ing “50 per cent more so­cial aware­ness”. This is es­pe­cially au­di­ble on Cameo, his take on the dig­i­tal age, and the stealthy, Tom Waits-like stalk of the ti­tle track, in­spired by the Bal­ti­more ri­ots. That’s also one of the most mu­si­cally ad­ven­tur­ous songs here, along­side the punchy, beat-heavy One of the Good Ones – prob­a­bly the clos­est Flannery will ever get to a dance song. Plan and Devo­tee will sate fans of his trade­mark brood­ing bal­lads, as will the raw, un­der­stated thrum of Voice of Old. A ro­bust al­bum, then, but one that could do with tak­ing a few more risks. mick­flan­nery.com

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