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'There's A Waltz'   

-  Label: 'Darksideout Records'
-  Genre: 'Folk' -  Release Date: '17th April 2020'-  Catalogue No: 'DSORCD005'

Our Rating:
The purpose of a waltz, according to the online ballroom community, is to glide in a lively manner while advancing easily and gracefully. The purpose of this Galway singer songwriter's fourth studio album is also to glide with grace. It was produced by Sean Watkins at LA's Heritage Studios and mixed in Nashville.

The ten lovesick and lonesome tunes are imbued more with romance than despair. Conlon's silky voice means that, even when regret hangs heavy, any suffering is rendered manageable and even pleasurable. Don't Let Love Slip Away is the title of one track and the self-explanatory title expresses the singer's overriding desire.

He laments that "I'm all alone, there's nobody home, I've lost everything" in Where the Shadows Outgrow the Light though doesn't sound particularly distraught by this state of affairs. Any pain or distress is effectively softened by the melodic arrangements, particularly thanks to the elegant fiddle playing of Gabe Witcher.

All this is, in the words of Moments in Time, "hardly trailblazing", but if well-crafted easy listening is your bag then you should find plenty here to enjoy.

Ultan Conlon's website
  author: Martin Raybould

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CONLON, ULTAN - There's A Waltz