In Full Colour ★★★ Moyasta Music
Having seen Declan O’Rourke a few times this year, the thought occurred: Damian Dempsey might have competition to be the next Luke Kelly. However, on evidence of this heavily orchestrated rereading of O’Rourke’s backcatalogue, perhaps the legend he has in mind is Frank Sinatra or, more likely, someone in between. The problem with a successful back-catalogue, if problem it be, is that everyone wants to hear it. Repeatedly. The same way. Ask Mr Nobel Laureate. O’Rourke has probably sung Galileo to the approach of numbness, so the temptation to recast it must be irresistible. But David Brophy and the RTÉ CO give it a dramatic 1960s backdrop that, along with O’Rourke’s studied vocal, shortchanges the song’s intimacy.
Sarah, on the other hand, is reborn in a minimalist setting. This tension runs throughout the 15 tracks; the strings work on and off – the story of the album.