How can you not like a CD that begins with a song titled, “Work Is The Curse”? This fun album, titled, “Bloody Brilliant”, offers a great collection of songs. I particularly enjoyed “Banker’s Holiday” and “My Heart’s Delight”, two of the more low-key tracks on the CD, but the upbeat ones rang true as well. What you’ll gravitate toward is more a matter of individual taste–the songs are all worth a listen.
The group hails from Kelowna, B.C. and they perform well together. I would say that they would fit within the Celtic rock genre, but I wouldn’t label them as “progressive”, rather they are a contemporary and traditional mix. These songs would appeal to most Celtic music lovers, as there is a familiar feel to the tunes, but they aren’t by any means boring or empty. The band brings a lovely energy to the mix and the wide range of songs here is appealing.
The four band members play a variety of instruments ranging from the fiddle to the penny whistle, and the vocals work well here too. I was never disappointed with the quality of the musicianship, or the song arrangements here. The CD would make a great addition to any Celtic music lover’s collection. I’m happy to add it to mine.
Artist: The Malarkeys
Album: Bloody Brilliant
Catherine L. Tully specializes in writing about the arts, lifestyle and travel. She is the Owner of 4dancers, a blog for those who love dance, and Editor for Freelance-Zone, an award-winning site for freelance writers. Catherine also reviews music for Celtic MP3s Music Magazine.