At­lantic Carpe Vita Cre­ative ★★★★

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

The At­lantic sep­a­rates Ire­land and the US, but it also con­nects them. Antrim singer-song­writer Ben Glover, who re­lo­cated to Nashville in 2009, prefers the con­cept of con­nect­ed­ness, the fer­tile com­min­gling of Ir­ish and Amer­i­can in­flu­ences. A while ago Glover re­turned with friends to his child­hood hol­i­day home in Bal­lylif­fin, Co Done­gal. There, in the front room fac­ing on to the ocean, they recorded this out­stand­ing col­lec­tion steeped in coun­try soul. At­lantic was in­spired by a visit to the Mis­sis­sippi grave of the great blues­man Robert John­son. The in­tense Oh Soul marks that event, and a gen­eral sense of anx­i­ety and re­flec­tion per­vades the al­bum. Neil­son Hub­bard’s sparse pro­duc­tion bal­ances this with mo­ments of dark an­gu­lar beauty. It was ob­vi­ously a mag­i­cal time; the singing, the songs and the play­ing com­bine to make this Glover’s most sat­is­fy­ing work. ben­ Down­load: Oh Soul, Too Long Gone, Black­birds

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