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PAUL BRADY Un­fin­ished Busi­ness ★★★ Proper Records

He may have re­cently turned 70 but as the ti­tle of Paul Brady’s 15th al­bum con­veys, he’s not quite ready for re­tire­ment. In many ways, the Stra­bane man’s first al­bum since 2010’s

Hooba Dooba neatly ref­er­ences all the eras of his ca­reer; the sump­tu­ous, bluesy ti­tle track, the gen­tle acous­tic strum of Har­vest

Time, the dis­tinctly Ir­ish in­to­na­tions of Maybe To­mor­row and his su­perla­tive way with a folk song, as head on the re­fresh­ingly sim­ple ar­range­ment of Lord Thomas and the Fair El­len­der. Of course, that means there’s a gap for the schmaltzy MOR pop-rock fare in his canon, too – heard here on I Like How You Think and I Love You But You Love Him. Over­all, it’s em­i­nently easy lis­ten­ing that might ben­e­fit from an oc­ca­sional ag­i­ta­tion. paulbrady.com LAU­REN MUR­PHY

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