The Rocky Road - Damien Dempsey
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  • Summary: The singer/songwriter's latest album contains Irish folk songs produced by John Reynolds.
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  1. Perhaps the greatest compliment that could be paid The Rocky Road is to say it can easily be recommended alongside the best in the Dubliners and Luke Kelly’s catalogue, a distinction both Dempsey and Kelly would no doubt be delighted with.
  2. Comprising 11 beautifully varied trad numbers, The Rocky Road is a big-hearted tribute to the enduring power of Irish folk songs.
  3. This album should continue the process, while providing a reminder that Dempsey's musical heroes are now also his admirers.
  4. The Rocky Road is well worthy of being mentioned alongside classic albums by the Dubliners and Planxty, and that's as big a compliment as it could be paid.
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  1. Nov 18, 2011
    Although I much prefer his own work, this covers album has some great moments on it. The opening Rocky Road is as good as any version you'll hear. Perhaps he should have stayed away from the Pogues classic A Rainy Night in Soho. Hot Asphalt and Foggy Dew are also done well. Granted, it might be hard to appreciate the power of these ballads if your not Irish but it's great Dempsey has brought these great songs to a new generation Expand