The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - TONY CLAY­TON-LEA

Dream your Way Out of This One ★★★ C.U. Records

Niall Con­nolly is one of Ire­land’s most pro­lific singer-song­writ­ers – this is his eighth stu­dio al­bum in 16 years – but he is also one of the country’s most over­looked. Beaver­ing away, then, is an un­der­state­ment, but Con­nolly’s work ethic re­mains un­bowed. Now based in Brook­lyn, the Cork mu­si­cian hasn’t lost sight of his orig­i­nal in­ten­tion to make sense of a heap of crazy, and this time around he tack­les (with some song­writ­ing panache) po­lit­i­cal is­sues, no­tably his per­sonal ex­pe­ri­ence as an im­mi­grant and the way in which such sta­tus has po­ten­tial to dis­rupt and dis­en­tan­gle. Aided by a su­perb band of NYC mu­si­cians, Con­nolly ex­or­cises a cou­ple of ghosts with songs as po­tent as the ti­tle track,

Ar­ti­fi­cial Lake and No Cause for Alarm. Punchy pop/rock with a beat­ing heart. niall­con­

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