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'St. Paul's Boulevard'   

-  Label: 'Pauper Sky Records'
-  Genre: 'Rock' -  Release Date: '1st July 2022'-  Catalogue No: 'PSR10'

Our Rating:
Where the streets have no name lie boulevards of broken dreams that Chicago-based singer-songwriter explores in a concept album, of sorts.

McDermott explains: “Everyone has their own St. Paul's Boulevard, the place where we left pieces of our hearts, our innocence, where we suffered heartbreak, came to learn about shame, where we struggled to find our place in this world.”

This set of fifteen upbeat yet broody tunes romanticise, yet also implicitly question, the life of a soul-searching drifter.

McDermott sings that “there’s a part of heartache that is holy” on Where The Light Gets In which might be interpreted as getting some perverse pleasure from his personal misery rather than actively seeking a way out.

Otherwise, as true blue (collar) heartland rock, this is straight ahead Springsteen-esque territory with plenty of toe-tapping songs designed to smooth the ride on jammed lost highways and/or fuel dreams of escaping the constraints of small town life.

Michael McDermott’s website

  author: Martin Raybould

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McDERMOTT, MICHAEL - St. Paul's Boulevard