DE­CLAN O’ROURKE

In Full Colour ★★★ Moy­asta Mu­sic

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

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.

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