Liam Dullaghan - Making History
You’ve got to be doing something right to be described by fellow member of the Northampton glitterati Alan Moore with the words “he does sadness so well, I think he might actually be enjoying it. I am”. With this album, Liam Dullaghan might not be literally making history but he has shown that he can create music with a mournful resonance. The opening track almost overplays the album’s hand, in that 'Radio Verona' is a quiet, lugubrious minor masterpiece. The tracks that follow have their work cut out to match it although 'Paradise Beach's verve combined with a reflective coda and 'Leaves On The Line’s joie de vivre are demonstrations of an artist of greater purpose. There’s a Wilco-esque vibe pervading much of the album, especially on the more uptempo numbers. This is an album that rewards repeated listens but for the first timer there might not feel enough to commit to the journey.