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Now here is an interesting and different approach by an artist till now was unknown to me, his entertaining approach is backed by a clear diction, and a voice easy on the ear. Texas-based, Keegan McInroe contributes more than the majority on this entertaining collection. Produced and performed with Taylor Tatsch, instrumentally, the record is an in-house, intimate affair.
“Talking Talking Head Blues” open the album in excellent fashion, and with it followed in quick succession by “Big Old River”, interesting piece of philosophy, “Bombing For Peace” and the beautifully reflective “Christmas 1914”. Here he traces back to Christmas 1914, and the trenches of WW1 and how a short-lived truce was called as gifts of a sort were exchanged, and how they famously they played football. The futility of war is nicely highlighted; within a quarter of a century they were at it again fighting over land, and how one side wanted to impose its structure on another.
More good stuff is heard on the lilting skip-a-long (brilliant) delight “The Ballad Of Timmy Johnson’s Living Brother”, as there is on the sharp and breezy “Bastards & Bitches”. With McInroe’s warm singing voice, humour and general good to be alive vibe the listener will do worse than check out this spirited singer-songwriter, folk country troubadour.
“Nietzsch Wore Boots” is more like something from some one belonging to the 1960s beat poets brigade, and with the wistful “The Love That We Give” and melodic “Keegan’s Beautiful Dream” back it up A Good Old Fashioned Protest it doesn’t lack in depth or songs able to stand up on their own.
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