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Aglow & Spark ★★★★ Self-Re­leased

It never fails to be­muse and an­noy how many mu­si­cians op­er­ate on a bud­get that would barely buy them shoelaces. Wex­ford’s Franken

stein Bolts have twice thrown them­selves at the mercy of their fans – in or­der to crowd-fund their 2014 de­but al­bum, Slow Sea­son, and their sec­ond, Aglow& Spark– and each time the money in­vested has been hand­somely, though not lit­er­ally, re­turned in full. Con­tin­u­ing to op­er­ate in­de­pen­dently, Franken­stein Bolts duo Justin Cullen and Dan Comer­ford fash­ion summer-haze pop mu­sic that brings to mind the likes of Pre­fab Sprout, Danny Wil­son and other UK-based 1980s/1990s pop bands. These in­flu­ences, how­ever, never de­tract from how deftly Cullen and Comer­ford steer their song craft to­wards orig­i­nal­ity. Will there be a bet­ter, smoother ra­dio-friendly al­bum re­leased by an Ir­ish band this year? franken­stein­

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