This Canadian bluesy folk singer's second album is billed as a musical immersion in the Irish capital. Actually, since it lasts barely thirty minutes, it's more like a short stopover.
The album opens with a cover of Rory Gallagher's I Fall Apart that feels a bit flat without the virtuoso guitar solos of the original.
By way of compensation, producer Mike Trask's soloing adds an impressive flourish to Some Things Never Get Paid and overall, there are some good earthy, no-frills arrangements and refreshingly unfussy production.
Whatever impressions the city made on Richard, they are not reflected in any overt references to its sights and sounds.
Instead, Dublin apparently provided a "kernels of ideas" for a solid set of old school electric blues songs. These deal with the cycle of sin and redemption which exists wherever you lay your hat.
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