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A TEAR AND A SMILE

Tir Na Nog

 

Prog Folk

3.36 | 12 ratings

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Sean Trane
Special Collaborator
Prog Folk
3 stars 3.5 stars really!!!

Second album from this Irish duo, but this time, they added a few guest, including Latino drummer/percussionist Barry deSouza, who would come on as the invisible third member (he gets some songwriting credits if memory serves). But on the cover of their second album Tear & Smile (released in 72), the pictures shows the duo still a perfect a acoustic pair, even if Condell gives up the percussions and O'Kelly the bass playing.

Some of the tracks are sooooo perfect that you can't help but wondering how these guys never made it big: When I Come Down or the spine-tingling So Freely or the violin-enhanced Lady Ocean are all winners, installing happy hippie atmosphere, while other tracks like Something Happening or Goodbye My Love are more poignant and dramatic. The rest of the album is a bit more-of-the-same, but maybe not as successful either, but one never tires of hearing this album as a whole.

The logical follow-up to their self-titled debut Tear & Smile is a stronger album, one where their association is now fully mature and shining confidence.

Sean Trane | 3/5 |

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