DAVID CORLEY

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

Zero Moon

Wolfe Is­land Records

Two years ago In­di­ana-born David Corley turned heads when, at the sweet and ten­der age of 53, he re­leased a de­but al­bum of gritty el­e­gance so steeped in 1970s cul­ture that we won­dered had he slept through the last 40 years. This new set con­tin­ues in the same vein, songs soaked in colour­ful, pas­sion-filled im­agery are de­liv­ered in a know­ing voice weath­ered by the years while his band, mar­shalled by Cana­dian pro­ducer and gui­tarist Hugh Christo­pher Brown, stag­ger out into the light, gui­tars at the ready. Corley’s dra­matic drawl, by times redo­lent of Lou Reed, Van Mor­ri­son or even Chris Rea, is off­set by ever-ready fe­male back­ing voices, cre­at­ing a soulful rootsy sound. The songs are in­tense and re­flec­tive, al­ways build­ing, reach­ing for the mo­ment. They in­clude a cou­ple of re­ally grip­ping tunes not least the ti­tle track. david­cor­ley­mu­sic.com

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